Tooth decay is a bacterial infection that can affect the teeth and gums. In particular, children are highly vulnerable to cavities caused by tooth decay. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to decrease your child’s risk of developing this problem. At Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry, we offer several effective preventative services, including fluoride treatments.
What Is Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride treatment is the application of a topical fluoride gel to a child’s teeth using a small brush. Fluoride is a natural substance that helps to reinforce the teeth. A professionally applied fluoride treatment is effective at preventing mineral loss from the tooth enamel. Additionally, the treatment boosts remineralization in teeth that are facing early signs of cavity formation. When used in proper amounts, fluoride is safe to use and is hugely beneficial to a child’s teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Fluoride Treatments?
There are several benefits of fluoride treatments that include:
- It helps to replenish tiny pieces of enamel that get worn away due to daily wear and tear.
- It makes the enamel more resistant to acid attacks from bacterial plaque.
- It can deter bacterial metabolism in the mouth, causing oral bacteria to produce lower amounts of harmful acid and minimizing the number of acid attacks known to break down tooth enamel.
- The treatment is painless and non-invasive.
- The teeth won’t need any special care after the fluoride varnish is applied.
When Should Fluoride Treatment Be Given?
Dr. Roshan Roshannejad may recommend that your child start receiving fluoride applications as soon as their first primary tooth erupts. This preventative approach of fluoride application could play a vital role in stopping the formation of cavities.
There are many reasons why fluoride is helpful to a child’s growing smile. Children often possess some of the most prevalent risk factors, so a proper treatment plan can be created to better prevent childhood dental cavities. These risk factors can include:
- A history of cavities
- A diet rich in sugar or carbohydrates
- A child is still learning to brush and floss their teeth correctly
- They are wearing an orthodontic appliance
- Specific medications can dry out their mouth and result in decreased saliva production.
How Are Fluorides Applied?
A fluoride gel or varnish would be painted onto your child’s teeth. The gel will only take a minute to apply. Your child can eat and drink shortly afterward. At the most, an interval of about thirty minutes should be allowed. Fluoride treatments may be used once every three to six months to ensure the protection of your child’s teeth.
If you are interested in learning more about our fluoride treatments, call Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry in New Caney, TX 77357 at (832) 930-7732 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Roshan Roshannejad.