Professional fluoride treatments protect young patients’ teeth against decay and cavities. The team at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry offers a wide array of pediatric dental prevention services, including fluoride treatments, to children throughout the Surprise, Arizona, area. To learn more about fluoride treatments and how it can help your child’s teeth, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic infectious disease among children, yet it is totally preventable. Professional, in-office fluoride treatments at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry are one of the best ways to stop tooth decay and cavities.
Fluoride, which comes in gel, foam, and varnish form, is a naturally occurring mineral that helps strengthen the outer coating of the teeth called enamel. It adheres to the enamel and acts as a barrier against plaque.
When bacteria in the mouth mixes with sugars, acid is produced that can harm tooth enamel. Fluoride protects against this acid damage and helps prevent, stop, and even reverse early signs of decay.
There are numerous benefits for patients when it comes to preventive dentistry. Fluoride treatments can:
The team highly recommends fluoride for children who are at risk for tooth decay and cavities.
Fluoride is the most effective preventative treatment against tooth decay and cavities. Though toothpaste and water contain this protective mineral, The American Dental Association recommends that children also have professional fluoride treatments twice a year.
However, young patients who are especially cavity-prone may be advised by their dentist at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry to have treatments more often.
Fluoride treatment is painless and takes only a few minutes. The team at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry often recommends fluoride treatment after an oral examination and dental cleaning.
The team paints the fluoride directly onto the teeth and allows it to dry. Then your child can resume their daily activities.
Fluoride is completely safe and has been used by dentists for decades. Young patients benefit the most from fluoride when they combine treatments with the practice of on-going healthy oral hygiene at home.
This includes limiting sweets and sticky foods (such as cookies, candy, and fruit roll-ups), brushing their teeth thoroughly twice a day, and flossing at least once a day.
Schedule a fluoride treatment for your child today at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry by calling the office or booking online.