A dental fluoride treatment is one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and maintain excellent dental health in children. Fluoride treatments are safe and effective ways to decrease the prevalence of cavities in children by 95 percent when combined with sealant. Fluoride acts as an outer shield that protects the tooth from acid attacks caused by sugars and plaque bacteria in the mouth.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally existing mineral found in water and foods, within the earth’s crust and widely throughout nature. It is often added to tap water supplies for drinking and to toothpaste for children and adults.
Why Do Kids need Fluoride?
Fluoride is beneficial for children because it helps shield young teeth from damaging acid and can actually overturn early signs of dental decay. The harmful acid in the mouth forms when bacteria are combined with sugars. This acid damages enamel. Every day, minerals are lost and added to the enamel layer of teeth through naturally occurring processes called demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost when acid attacks the enamel and minerals like phosphates, calcium and fluoride are added back when kids drink water or eat foods with those minerals. Cavities from decay happen when demineralization occurs without enough remineralization.
Benefits of Fluoride
According to the American Academy of Pediatric (AAPD), professionally applied topical fluoride treatments can effectively decrease dental decay in children. Having fluoride professionally applied during a pediatric dentist visit ensures that your child’s teeth will receive a sufficient, protective amount of fluoride that successfully obstructs acid from eroding enamel. It only takes a small amount of fluoride for children to receive maximum benefits. At Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, we’ll provide dental fluoride in a gel, foam or varnish form. This treatment consists of highly increased levels of fluoride as compared to what is found in water and toothpaste.
If you need to make an appointment for your child to receive dental fluoride, call Southridge Pediatric Dentistry today. We’ll make sure your little one’s teeth are clean, healthy and strong.