Should My Child Get Topical Fluoride Treatments?

Should My Child Get Topical Fluoride Treatments?

Fluoride is an important mineral that fights against cavities and helps to support tooth enamel. Fluoride has been an essential component in oral health treatments for decades to reduce the risk for cavities, enamel erosion, and so on.

One of the primary concerns of every parent is to protect your kid's dental health and overall health at any cost. Many concerns arise whether fluoride treatments are safe or not, especially for children. It is absolutely safe for little ones with the correct dosage. Too much fluoride in early childhood may lead to fluorosis, though fluoride overdose is rare. Often, fluoride is used according to the treatment plan.

Topical Fluoride Treatment for Children

Dentists carry out professional dental cleaning and apply topical fluoride to the surface of teeth. The treatment process is completely painless and takes a few minutes. Fluoride application can be done starting at the baby's first tooth eruption and continues through 5 years of age and can be recommended 4 times per year at the dentist clinic.

Benefits of Fluoride Treatment in Children

Most children are sweets lovers and chocolate addicts. Sugary content from these foods feeds harmful bacteria that release acids, eroding the protective layer of teeth, enamel.

During fluoride treatment, fluoride penetrates the enamel. Enamel then becomes stronger, resistant to acid attacks and early tooth decay. When enamel is stripped away by frequent acid attacks, fluoride treatment helps in remineralization. Here are a few benefits of fluoride treatment for kids.

  • Reduces risk for cavities
  • Slows the progression of cavities
  • Saves money
  • Protects tooth enamel
  • Delays the need for future dental treatment
  • Prolongs the life of baby teeth
  • Prevents premature tooth loss
  • Prevents gum disease and tooth pain
  • Puts minerals back in your teeth

Apart from fluoride treatment, one could consume fluoride from drinking water, toothpaste, beverages, dietary prescription, and other dental products.

Is It Necessary to Get a Fluoride Treatment at the Dentist's Office?

Experts recommend fluoride treatment should be done at the dentist's office every three, six, or 12 months based on the kid's oral health. If your kid is more prone to dental cavities, a routine fluoride treatment using a special fluoride rinse or gel is prescribed by the dentist to use at home.

Schedule an appointment with Arden Dental Center to learn more about taking care of your oral health. We are located at 531 E. Roosevelt Road, Suite 100, Wheaton, IL 60187. Contact our team at (630) 529-0303 or visit our website to book a consultation.

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