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Can a child get fluoride treatments?

Posted on 3/20/2023 by Evan
Can a child get fluoride treatments?Healthy teeth and gums play a significant role in the child's overall health. Some effective ways to improve your kid's oral health are brushing and flossing regularly dental cleaning, and fluoride treatments. However, fluoride treatment is a big concern for many parents. They wonder whether this treatment is safe for their kids.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, fluoride treatments for kids help to strengthen the teeth' enamel and reverse tooth decay. Hence, once your kid's first tooth erupts, it is good they receive fluoride treatments in a pediatrician's office. A professional may recommend fluoride treatments 2-4 times per year, depending on the likelihood of your kid developing decay.

Benefits of fluoride treatments for kids

Children like sweet foods and drinks. This makes them susceptible to cavities. When your child consumes sweetened items, the bacteria in their mouth will feed on the sugar to release acids, harmful substances that erode the enamel. Enamel erosion is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and cavities.

Luckily, fluoride treatments help in teeth remineralization. During the treatment, fluoride penetrates through the enamel, redepositing minerals after the acids strip them. This means that it can repair early tooth decay. Besides, fluoride treatments help in the development of permanent teeth. When your kids get the treatment at an early age, they'll be less prone to cavities.

The procedure of fluoride treatment

Fluoride treatments involve applying a fluoride varnish or gel on the baby's teeth. This is usually done by a professional after a dental cleaning. The whole process is painless and may take a few minutes to complete.

Besides, it is safe for kids since the varnish hardens after it comes into contact with saliva. With this, you will not have to worry about the baby swallowing the varnish or gel. Contact us for more information about ensuring healthy teeth for your kids through fluoride treatments.

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