Fluoride treatments are an integral part of any child’s dental health plan. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel of the teeth which protects them against decay.
What is a fluoride treatment?
A fluoride treatment is a quick procedure that usually happens at the end of a regular dental hygiene and exam appointment. During a fluoride treatment, the dental hygienist will apply fluoride to the surface of your child’s teeth. Fluoride strengthens the tooth enamel, which can take a lot of beating throughout the day by all the things we eat, drink, and use our teeth for. Enamel protects the surface of the teeth from decay, so when it is weakened, so is the tooth’s ability to resist decay. Luckily, fluoride can help strengthen this enamel, in turn helping the teeth remain cavity-free! Fluoride treatments are quick, harmless, and have no side effects.
How often does my child need to get a fluoride treatment?
Dr. Pagé recommends a fluoride treatment at each regular appointment, so about once every six months. We will examine your child’s teeth and decide if a fluoride treatment is needed during a regularly scheduled cleaning.
Are there any dangers to fluoride treatments?
Fluoride is extremely safe and has numerous dental benefits. As a matter of fact, a lot of cities and states add fluoride to the drinking water! Though fluoride is rather safe, your child should not consume large amounts of it, as they might develop fluorosis. Fluorosis can cause permanent stains in the teeth which can only be covered by cosmetic dental treatments, but does not cause any pain or discomfort. Granted, they would have to consume a lot of fluoride for this to happen, but it’s always good to be on the safe side! During fluoride treatments, our dental hygienists will use the suction hose to whisk away any excess fluoride so your child will not be able to swallow it. The benefits of fluoride outweigh the likelihood that your child will develop fluorosis.
If you have any further questions about fluoride treatments, feel free to give our office a call today! Fluoride treatments, are quick, easy, painless, and extraordinarily beneficial. Schedule an appointment today!