Your mouth is full of bacteria that feed on the sugars in the food your children eat and the beverages they drink. This produces acid that can wear away the outer shell of your tooth. This can lead to cavities. Due to its success in preventing cavities, fluoride in water was named a top public health achievement in the 20th century. Treating cavities is important, however, prevention is more important and possible. Depending on the age and health of your child’s teeth will determine how often fluoride treatments should be performed. Fluoride is great for
- Rebuild (remineralize) weakened tooth enamel
- Slow down the loss of minerals from tooth enamel
- Reverse early signs of tooth decay
- Prevent the growth of harmful oral bacteria
How Do Fluoride Treatments Work?
Fluoride protects teeth by making your child’s teeth stronger and more resistant to acid. It not only reduces the risk of cavities, but it can also even help reverse early signs of decay. Some fluoride treatments are done through a gel, foam, mouthwash, and even in tap water. Your dentist will administer a higher concentrated form of fluoride than in regular toothpaste. Fluoride can be given a couple of different ways. It can be applied with a cotton swab or a brush directly to the teeth or can be used as a mouthwash that your child can use as a mouth rinse to coat the teeth.
Is Fluoride Safe?
Fluoride is often found in tap water in some areas and is endorsed by various surgeon generals and health organizations. Fluoride in tap water is a small amount, significantly smaller than that a dentist would administer, however, still offering great benefits. Fluoride is naturally found in groundwater and the oceans. Water fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride to a recommended level for preventing tooth decay. Fluoride is one of the most efficient ways to prevent tooth decay and has been named one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Call for a Consultation
If you’re wondering if your child’s next visit will require a fluoride rinse or how you can help your child between fluoride rinses, give us a call. At Timpanogos Pediatric Dentistry we want to ensure your child’s teeth stay healthy and strong. Let us know if your child is experiencing more than usual sensitive teeth or anything suspicious at your next appointment.