Should My Child Get Topical Fluoride Treatments?

Should My Child Get Topical Fluoride Treatments?

Parents encourage their children to brush their teeth twice daily, floss at least once a day, and also take them for regular dental checkups and cleanings. Apart from all these, professionals recommend parents go for fluoride treatment for their kids. 

Getting extra fluoride helps the children's teeth grow strong and healthy. It is also a preventive measure to keep their smile healthy and cavity-free. It is important to make sure that your child gets enough fluoride. 

Why Is Fluoride Important for Kids? 

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is commonly added to community water sources and other dental products to prevent tooth decay. 

When children eat or drink, bacteria cling to the teeth and feed on the sugars and starches. This in turn releases acids and destroys the protective layer of the teeth. Tooth decay or cavities occur when enamel breaks down. 

Fluoride helps to reverse early tooth decay. It penetrates the enamel, making it stronger and more resistant to acid attacks. Fluoride gets incorporated into the permanent teeth of younger children. The teeth then become less prone to cavities and tooth decay. 

Fluoride Treatments for Children

Fluoride treatment makes teeth less vulnerable to tooth decay in children. The dentist applies topical fluoride into the teeth of the children in small amounts. One of the ways to remineralize the baby's teeth is through fluoride treatments. 

It is usually performed by using a varnish. After the child is done with a dental cleaning, the dentist paints the varnish on their teeth. The whole process of fluoride treatment is completely painless and takes only some time. Applying the varnish is better than any other method as it is faster and well tolerated by the kids. 

Applying varnish is appropriate for younger kids as they won't swallow it since the varnish hardens when it comes in contact with saliva. The kids needed to wait only for half an hour before eating or drinking after getting the varnish. 

Fluoride treatment is quite effective as it has been used for decades to protect tooth enamel in kids. They may be applied every three to six months. It should be started when the child reaches the age of one and continue until the age of 16. 

Schedule an appointment with Arden Dental Center to know more ways to promote healthy teeth in your kids. We are located at 303 E Army Trail Rd Ste 421, Bloomingdale, IL 60108. Contact us at (630) 529-0303 or visit our website to book an appointment. 


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