Fluoride Treatments for Kids
Some children are more susceptible to cavities than others. To help, our pediatric dentists at Kidtastic offer fluoride treatments, a popular preventive dentistry solution. Fluoride treatments can be paired with regular checkups and cleanings to help your son or daughter enjoy extra protection against cavities.
Here’s how the process typically works. During a regular visit, one of our pediatric dentists will thoroughly examine your little one’s teeth to see what his or her needs are. Because children don’t know how to brush or floss as thoroughly as they should yet, protection from tooth decay is commonly an important need. Treatment with fluoride is quick and doesn’t involve any discomfort. There’s also nothing to apply or dry; it’s over in just a few seconds.
How Does Fluoride Help Teeth?
If you’ve ever wondered why most forms of toothpaste, and even most water supplies, contain fluoride, there’s a simple reason. Fluoride protects against decay by attracting important nutrients and minerals to teeth that have been damaged by decay-causing bacteria and acid. These nutrients and minerals will re-mineralize your child’s tooth enamel, resulting in stronger teeth that are better protected.
Where Can You Find Fluoride?
As we mentioned earlier, fluoride is an ingredient in most toothpastes and is commonly added to water. But not all water has fluoride in it. Bottled water typically doesn’t. That means children who get most of their water from a bottle may not be getting as much fluoride as they should. At Kidtastic, our pediatric dentists recommend drinking tap water over bottled water when possible to help keep teeth strong. You should also make sure that your child is brushing with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Most toothpaste at your local grocery store and pharmacy does, but that isn’t always the case.
Treating Teeth with Fluoride
The next time your child comes to our dental office for a regular visit and cleaning, one of our pediatric dentists will assess your child’s oral health and look for signs of vulnerability. If we find anything, our team can supply your son or daughter with a fluoride treatment. We may also recommend that your child use a fluoride mouthwash in between visits to give teeth an extra fighting chance.
In addition to both of these, our team can also talk to you and your little one about nutritional tips. Foods that are high in sugar and other carbohydrates trigger the certain kinds of bacteria to produce acid in the mouth, which is what causes the demineralization process that leads to decay. Encouraging a balanced diet will help your little one develop good eating habits and will lead to improvements in oral and overall 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.