How Can Fluoride Treatments Help My Child's Teeth?
Children who have maturing teeth and limited access to fluoride, whether in toothpaste or in drinking water, run the risk of developing irreversible tooth decay. At Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry, our licensed practitioners work with children of all ages to help meet their dental hygiene and fluoride treatment needs. Pediatric dentists Dr. Jeni Kong and Dr. Sandra Oh provide fluoride treatments for children near Lawrenceville, GA to minimize their risk for tooth decay and cavities.
What are fluoride treatments?
Fluoride treatments are professionally administered doses of a naturally-occurring mineral called fluoride, which is known for strengthening bones and preventing tooth decay. Fluoride treatment is applied directly to the teeth, typically after a routine dental cleaning. At Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Jeni or Dr. Oh discusses the benefits of fluoride treatments with each family and makes recommendations based on each child’s dental history.
How fluoride treatments can help your child’s teeth
While teeth are growing, fluoride mixes with enamel, which is the natural hard coating on the outside of the teeth. Once the enamel and teeth have fully matured, fluoride works with saliva to continue protecting the teeth against damaging sugars and plaque. In many cases, children are more prone to tooth decay and cavities because they are in the beginning stages of learning how to brush their teeth properly. Additionally, they are exposed to sugary drinks and foods that contribute to plaque buildup. Routine fluoride treatments can help protect against tooth decay and put parents/guardians at ease.
What a fluoride treatment looks like
A fluoride treatment is usually administered once the dental cleaning and routine exam are complete. At Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Jeni or Dr. Oh uses a simple paint-on varnish that comes in numerous flavors to make the treatment easier for younger patients. Special fluoride treatments are also available for patients with certain allergies.
How often should my child participate in fluoride treatments?
The American Dental Association (ADA) typically recommends fluoride treatments be administered twice a year. However, we could make customized recommendations based on your child’s teeth and dental history. Children who tend to need additional fluoride treatments include those who:
Have limited access to drinking water containing fluoride
Have higher risk for tooth decay
Are undergoing orthodontic care
Are fluoride treatments safe?
If used properly, fluoride treatments are typically safe for all patients. If fluoride is accidentally swallowed during a dental visit, the patient may experience nausea during the first 24 hours after ingestion. Otherwise, symptoms usually subside. If symptoms last longer or worsen, you may need to contact your primary physician right away.
Learn more about fluoride treatments
If you reside in or near Lawrenceville, GA, and wish to learn more about the benefits of fluoride treatments for your child, contact us at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry and schedule an appointment today. Dr. Jeni Kong and Dr. Sandra Oh will work with you and your child and establish routine cleanings and fluoride treatments based on their individual needs to help keep their smile healthy and strong.