How Can Fluoride Be Beneficial?
Fluoride treatments are just about one of the least scary and most beneficial dental services out there. This quick and painless way to treat teeth is a wonderful way to help not only protect children’s teeth from tooth decay but also revitalize their enamel. It helps them fight the bad guy bacteria, reducing the possibility of cavities and helping to keep a healthy & happy smile.
Fluoride is a mineral that originates naturally from water sources. Though naturally occurring, fluoride is many times added to local tap water supplies because it aids the public with better overall oral health. Fluoride is also found in toothpaste and mouth rinses because of its proficient protection against teeth decay. It does this through restoration of the minerals calcium and phosphate, naturally present in saliva.
Kids can begin getting fluoride treatments as soon as their first tooth comes in. It involves placing a fluoride varnish into their mouth which they will bite down on for a period of time. The process of the treatment is quick, easy, and can even be fun for your child since they get to choose from one of our yummy flavors.
Dr. Jacqueline Caster says that parents should be sure not to overdo the fluoride at home as it could cause fluorosis. Fluorosis is a condition that causes a change in the appearance of the tooth enamel. It forms white spots on the teeth which are more noticeable and prominent the worse the condition. Dr. Kolts recommends using fluoride-free toothpaste until your child is over two years of age. When too much fluoride is consumed before adult teeth are finished permanently developing it can cause fluorosis. By the time a child is over 8 years old this is usually no longer a problem. Past that point your child cannot get fluorosis.
No need to worry, the fluoride treatment applied by our dentist is a small, safe amount to help prevent tooth decay. Your child will also be supervised so they only swallow a minimal amount.
After the treatment is over, be sure to wait until after 30 minutes has passed before giving your little one anything to eat or drink. This makes sure all the fluoride is absorbed for maximum effectiveness and proper enamel repair.
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