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Children's Fluoride Treatment in Lawrenceville, GA

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what is a children's fluoride treatment?

Fluoride treatments help prevent tooth decay and are a key part of keeping your child's smile healthy and happy. The importance of fluoride to dental health has been shown by the ADA (American Dental Association), the WHO (World Health Organization), the AMA (American Medical Association), and several other medical groups. Patients who consume city water that contains fluoride tend to have fewer cavities and problems with tooth decay. A naturally occurring mineral that is also found in certain foods, fluoride helps to strengthen bones and teeth and protect against tooth decay. Fluoride treatments at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA may help patients who have developing teeth improve and maintain their dental health. Learn more about the benefits of fluoride treatments at your child's dental exam with board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Jeni Kong.

What Are the Benefits of Fluoride Treatment?

Fluoride treatment at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry offers a range of benefits for dental health, providing a valuable supplement to regular pediatric dental care. Several of these perks are:

  • Stronger tooth enamel: Can help repair damaged enamel and avert further deterioration
  • Cavity protection: Could help make teeth extra protected from decay and cavities
  • Can help curtail tooth sensitivity: Fluoride treatment could ease tooth sensitivity, which is generally caused by exposed dentin or gum recession
  • Improves overall oral health: Fluoride treatment works side by side with regular brushing, flossing, and routine exams to preserve ideal oral wellness and avoid dental concerns

When should children get fluoride treatments?

Professional fluoride treatments are commonly given to children who have developing dentition, those at an increased risk for tooth decay, and patients who do not have access to fluoridated drinking water. Dr. Jeni also suggests professional fluoride treatments for teenagers and patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry offers fluoride treatments that are simple to apply using a paint-on varnish. We also offer a choice of flavors to make treatments easier for younger patients. Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry proudly offers a special fluoride treatment for patients with certain allergies. 

how often are fluoride treatments performed?

Professional fluoride treatments are typically done twice a year following during your child's cleaning and exam visits. After your child selects their flavor, our team will begin to prepare the fluoride treatment, which is a paint-on varnish. The treatment will be painted onto your child's teeth at the end of their visit and does not require curing time or rinsing afterward. Our team will provide instructions on when your child can eat and drink following their fluoride treatment.

Are fluoride treatments safe?

Nausea may occur if your child accidentally swallows any fluoride; however, this will usually subside within 24 hours after the treatment. In certain patients, Dr. Jeni may prescribe fluoride tablets to use between treatments. Since it is toxic in large doses, you will need to give these supplements to your child as recommended by Dr. Jeni. Although professional fluoride treatments strengthen the teeth, your child will still need to maintain a regular oral care routine at home by using a toothpaste with fluoride and flossing daily. It is also important to schedule dental exams and cleanings at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry so Dr. Jeni can continue to assess your child's need for professional fluoride treatments.

are fluoride treatments covered by insurance?

Many insurance companies cover professional fluoride treatments for younger patients. We work to help you get the most coverage through your insurance before calculating any personal or out-of-pocket expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry offers different payment methods and may be able to help you receive low-interest medical financing.

Fluoride Treatment FAQs

Does fluoride whiten teeth?
Fluoride is a mineral that keeps teeth strong and healthy. It is found in many foods and drinks, including water. Fluoride also prevents cavities and tooth decay. Some people believe that fluoride can whiten teeth, but no scientific evidence supports this claim. However, many other benefits make fluoride an important part of your child's oral health in Lawrenceville, GA.

Can I perform fluoride treatment at home?
While over-the-counter fluoride supplements and similar products are available, it is best to receive treatment from an experienced pediatric dentist. Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry will ensure that your child receives the proper amount of fluoride and that it is applied correctly. We also make recommendations about preventing cavities and tooth decay based on their individual needs.

Why choose us for fluoride treatment?
Dr. Kong and the team at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry are passionate about children's oral health. Our staff understands the importance of fluoride in preventing cavities and tooth decay. We also offer a variety of other dental services to keep your child's smile healthy and bright, including regular examinations, checkups, and more.

At what age should children start receiving fluoride treatments?
Children can start receiving fluoride treatments as soon as their first teeth erupt, usually around six months of age. Fluoride treatments are safe and beneficial for children of all ages, including infants, toddlers, and adolescents.

How often should children receive fluoride treatments?
The frequency of fluoride treatments for children depends on factors such as their age, risk of tooth decay, and oral hygiene habits. In general, our team at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry may recommend fluoride treatments every three, six, or twelve months during routine dental check-ups.

How can parents help maximize the benefits of fluoride treatments for their children?

Parents can help maximize the benefits of fluoride treatments by ensuring their children attend regular dental check-ups, practicing good oral hygiene at home, encouraging healthy eating habits, and
limiting sugary snacks and drinks. It's also essential to follow any specific recommendations provided by the child's dentist regarding fluoride use.

Make strong, healthy teeth

Make sure your children achieve healthy, strong smiles with fluoride treatments at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Jeni recommends professional fluoride treatments for children and teenagers to help minimize the risk of tooth decay. Contact our team in Lawrenceville, GA to schedule a professional exam and cleaning with a fluoride treatment.

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