Professional fluoride treatments protect children’s teeth against decay and cavities. Tooth Castle Pediatric Dentistry in Carrollton, Texas, offers a wide array of pediatric dental prevention services, including fluoride treatments, to children throughout the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. To learn more about how fluoride treatments can protect your child’s teeth, call the friendly office staff or book an appointment online.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic infectious disease among children, yet it is totally preventable. Professional, in-office fluoride treatments are one of the best ways to stop tooth decay and cavities in your child’s teeth.
Fluoride — which comes in gel, foam, and varnish form — is a naturally occurring mineral that helps strengthen the outer coating of the teeth called enamel. It’s applied directly to the surface of teeth and adheres to the enamel and acts like a barrier against plaque.
When bacteria in the mouth mixes with sugars, acid is produced that can harm tooth enamel. Fluoride protects against this acid damage and helps prevent, stop, and even reverse early signs of decay, which is why it’s important for your child to receive regular treatments.
Fluoride is the most effective preventive treatment against tooth decay and cavities. Though toothpaste and water contain this protective mineral, The American Dental Association recommends that children also have professional fluoride treatments twice a year. However, young patients who are especially cavity-prone may be advised by the dentist to have three treatments annually. The dentist at Tooth Castle Pediatric Dentistry can determine the appropriate treatment plan for your child’s specific needs.
Fluoride treatment is painless and takes only a few minutes. The solution is applied with either a cotton swab or a brush, or in a tray that’s held in the mouth. Once painted on the teeth, the fluoride becomes sticky, then hardens upon coming in contact with saliva.
Fluoride is completely safe. It has been used for decades by dentists all over the world. Young patients benefit the most from fluoride when they combine treatments with the practice of ongoing healthy oral hygiene at home. This includes limiting sweet and sticky foods (such as cookies, candy, and fruit roll-ups), brushing teeth thoroughly twice a day, and flossing at least once a day. The dentist at Tooth Castle Pediatric Dentistry takes the time to explain proper oral hygiene methods to your child to help them keep their teeth healthy and strong.
Schedule a fluoride treatment for your child by calling the Carrollton, Texas, office or by booking an appointment online.