What are Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride treatments are a great way to keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong. Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay from forming as well as helping with sensitivity issues. We are able to provide your child with fluoride treatments at any and all of their checkup visits. By having these treatments done, your child will have teeth that are stronger and better protected against cavities.
Why might Fluoride Treatments be needed?
Children are incredibly susceptible to tooth decay (cavities). This is often due to poor dietary habits and inadequate brushing and flossing at home. When decay is able to get worse and goes untreated, it can eventually affect the inner pulp, or nerve, of the tooth. This may result in the need for pulpotomies, root canals and even full extractions. Prevention is key when it comes to keeping your child’s smile healthy and full, and this can be as easy as applying a fluoride varnish to the teeth.
Who is a candidate for Fluoride Treatments?
Most children are good candidates for fluoride treatments. Regardless of the products they are using, these additional treatments are essential for keeping their teeth as healthy as possible. In fact, we often recommend these treatments at each of their checkup appointments. Fluoride treatments are great for both younger as well as older kids and teens.
What happens during the Fluoride Treatment process?
The first step is to apply a liquid fluoride varnish to the teeth. Fluoride may have a bitter taste to it, but this is only temporary and wears away quickly. The fluoride then penetrates the teeth, offering superior protection against cavities. Your child should avoid eating, drinking or rinsing for roughly 30 minutes following their dental appointment. We can apply this fluoride at every checkup visit or on an as-needed basis. Even teenagers with braces can benefit from fluoride treatments to keep the underlying teeth healthy and strong.
If you would like to have your child come in for fluoride treatments, call us today so that we can get them in for an appointment as soon as possible.