A healthy smile is important to both you and your child. Each time your child visits our pediatric dental office, our dentist will check their teeth and discuss their dental habits. Additionally, we can determine whether your child is getting enough fluoride, which is found in most toothpaste and mouth rinses available at grocery stores. Fluoride can help your child develop strong, healthy teeth, which will benefit them throughout their life.
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a chemical compound composed of fluorine, an element found in nature. Fluoride is found in drinking water and can strengthen teeth in their developing stages. When fluoride is applied appropriately, it strengthens tooth enamel and prevents tooth decay. Many dental products contain fluoride for this purpose.
What are the benefits of a fluoride treatment for children?
Fluoride helps maintain a bright and healthy smile! Fluoride can reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay when used regularly. Additionally, a decreased cavity risk means fewer extractions and less pain and discomfort associated with tooth decay.
How Does Fluoride Help Prevent Cavities in Children?
Fluoride contains minerals that can slow down or even stop tooth decay. It strengthens the enamel of teeth and reduces the risk of cavities. Fluoride can reduce the threat of tooth decay by remineralizing the exposed surface of the tooth. By using fluoride, maintaining good oral hygiene, and eating a healthy diet, you can reduce decay and help your child maintain a beautiful smile.
What is Topical Fluoride?
Topical fluoride is a type of fluoride treatment that is applied directly to your child’s teeth by a dental professional. Your child’s dentist or dental hygienist will apply fluoride to their teeth during their bi-annual appointment. The application is quick and easy, and it only takes a few minutes.
Is fluoride safe for my child?
When it comes to preventing tooth decay in children, fluoride is safe and effective and helps keep teeth strong and healthy. The use of fluoride products at home should be monitored by the parents and kept away from young children. Fluoride does not pose a threat unless it is used in extreme and excessive amounts. Consult your child’s pediatric dentist if you have concerns about fluoride use.
How is fluoride applied?
Fluoride is applied directly to your child’s teeth with a soft brush. Your child’s pediatric dentist will inform you of any aftercare restrictions and how you may introduce more fluoride into your child’s dental hygiene routine if necessary.
What are the side effects of fluoride?
Fluoride is only dangerous when used in excessive amounts. A high level of fluoride exposure can cause dental fluorosis or skeletal fluorosis. Dental fluorosis occurs when a child is exposed to excessive amounts of fluoride, resulting in white streaks or spots on their teeth. Using fluoride excessively over many years can cause skeletal fluorosis, which can affect bones and joints. Your child’s pediatric dentist will monitor the amount of fluoride used in the office and look for any signs of dental fluorosis.
Please contact our pediatric dental office if you have any concerns or questions regarding the use of fluoride. We will be more than happy to schedule an appointment.