One of the main causes of cavities and decay among kids is too little fluoride. Fluoride treatments help protect teeth against cavities, as well as maintain bone strength.
All About Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride can be found in a number of topical solutions like toothpaste and mouthwash, and in digestible forms like fluoridated water, depending on where you live. Some foods like chicken, fish, gelatin, sardines, tea and grape juices have fluoride as well.
Fluoride has been proven to be safe and effective in protecting teeth against decay. It only takes a little to go a long way, and too much fluoride can be a bad thing. If too much fluoride is ingested it can lead to a condition called fluorosis. This is why it’s important to monitor your child’s intake and not give your child too much.
Dentist provided fluoride treatments make it easy to maximize your child’s dental health and guarantee they’re getting just the right amount of fluoride. These treatments are easy and effective, but before you get them done a few factors must be taken into consideration. Your child’s age, risk of developing cavities and their diet all go into play when deciding the best treatment. And, if you live in an area with fluoridated water, a water check might be necessary before performing treatments to ensure your child is not ingesting too much fluoride.
What is the Treatment Procedure?
The American Dental Association recommends children receive fluoride treatments at least once every six months, or more if they are at higher risk of getting cavities. While fluoride treatments are most effective during a child’s development years, fluoride treatments can be effective for adults as well.
Fluoride treatments can be administered in various ways. A popular option is using trays filled with a fluoride-rich gel, then placing the trays over the teeth for at least five minutes. Another technique is using a small brush to paint fluoride onto the teeth. This treatment is left on the teeth and children are advised to not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes as to not remove the treatment too soon.
Who Can Get Fluoride Treatments?
Children whose teeth are still developing are the most ideal candidates for fluoride treatment. At this age, fluoride will absorb the best and have the most effective result. People, any age, with white spots on their teeth are also recommended to get fluoride treatments. These white spots are signs of mineral deficiencies from lack of fluoride. In this case, fluoride treatments can even out the tone of the tooth.
Orthodontics and Dentistry for Kids: call us at (904) 645-9555 to get more information or set up an appointment today to see if fluoride treatments are right for your child!
Dr. Perez has been in the private practice of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics for almost 30 years. He has been educated in top universities around the world, receiving training in the United States, Spain and Mexico. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Perez is fluent in both Spanish and English.