Fluoride Treatments for Kids in Mesa, AZ
One of the best ways to safeguard your child’s smile is with regular care twice a year, or about every six months. During a regular visit, one of our Mesa pediatric dentists can complete a thorough oral exam and professional cleaning, both of which can help us understand your child’s current oral health and his or her impending needs. Often, those needs involve care for tooth decay, better known as cavities. Children are particularly vulnerable to cavities because they’re just learning to brush and haven’t quite mastered it yet. That’s why, at Kidtastic, our Mesa team offers helpful services like fluoride treatment, which can provide our young patients from Mesa and beyond with extra protection for their smiles.
How Does Fluoride Help Teeth?
There’s a reason that most forms of toothpaste and even most water supplies contain fluoride—it protects against decay. It does this by attracting important nutrients and minerals that will re-mineralize the protective, exterior layer of teeth. This layer is known as tooth enamel. As a result of this process, teeth are better protected against decay-causing bacteria and acid.
Where Can You Find Fluoride?
As we previously mentioned, you’ll find fluoride in most forms of toothpaste and in water. But fluoride isn’t in all types of water. Bottled water typically doesn’t contain any fluoride at all. That means children who get most of their water from professionally-bottled water probably aren’t getting the amount of fluoride they really need on a regular basis. Our Mesa pediatric dentists recommend that children drink more fluoridated water and less bottled water to give their teeth improved protection. Make sure your child is also brushing with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Most do, but there are some non-fluoride products out there.
Treating Teeth with Fluoride
On your child’s next regular visit to our Mesa dental office, one of our pediatric dentists will complete a thorough oral exam of his or her smile to look for signs of vulnerability. If we find anything, we can quickly administer a special fluoride treatment. With fluoride, there’s nothing to apply, it’s just a matter of rinsing for a short time with specially-formulated fluoride mouthwash. That’s all there is to it.
Depending on how vulnerable your child is to decay, our Mesa pediatric dentists may recommend the use of an over-the-counter fluoride treatment on a regular basis. We can also offer nutritional tips to make sure that your child is eating a balanced diet. Foods that are high in sugar and other carbohydrates interact with certain kinds of bacteria in the mouth to produce acid, which weakens enamel and causes cavities. A balanced diet will help your little one develop good habits and enjoy improved health and well-being, in addition to better oral health.
Is your child vulnerable to tooth decay? Talk to one of our pediatric dentists about supporting your little one’s oral health with fluoride treatment. It’s easy, and it only takes moment to complete. Call Kidtastic today to reserve an appointment. We serve patients from Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, and surrounding areas.