Topical Fluoride Treatment For Your Child

Topical Fluoride Treatment For Your Child

Posted by Dr. Hirato on Jan 20 2022, 06:15 AM

Fluoride is a natural mineral found in seawater and freshwater. It has been recognized by the American Dental Association as safe and effective to use in tackling tooth decay in adults and children. 

How Does Fluoride Help?

Our mouth contains many bacteria, some beneficial, some harmful. When some of these harmful bacteria feed on food particles, they produce acid. This acid erodes the enamel and dentin (the inner layer of enamel) and makes them lose their composite minerals. This process is known as demineralization.

Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help remineralize tooth enamel. It can also help to strengthen the developing permanent teeth in infants. 

Sources of Fluoride

  • Topical fluoride in dental products such as toothpaste, gels, and mouthwash
  • Topical fluoride treatment applied by a dentist. This includes foams and fluoride varnishes.
  • Water treated with fluoride by certain communities in the United States.
  • Fluoride-rich food and fluoride supplements

Topical Fluoride Treatment in Children

Fluoride which is directly applied to the teeth is known as topical fluoride. It helps to reduce tooth decay and reduce the growth of bacteria.

This treatment is done by a pediatric dentist. After performing a dental cleaning, the dentist applies topical fluoride like fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth. Varnish tends to solidify when it comes in contact with saliva, preventing the child from swallowing it.  

The entire procedure is quick and painless. This method is safe and used to prevent tooth decay by dentists worldwide.

When Should Children Get Fluoride Treatment?

For cavity-prone children, it is recommended to get fluoride treatment twice a year. This could be done during the dental visits recommended by the American Dental Association, which is as early as when the baby’s first tooth appears. Our dentists can explain to you the benefits of fluoride treatment in children. 

Topical Fluoride Treatment Aftercare

  • After the fluoride varnish has been applied, give your child soft foods that are cold or warm (not hot).
  • Avoid brushing or flossing your child’s teeth for at least 4 to 6 hours. The dentist may advise you to wait until the next morning to brush or floss his or her teeth. 

The use of fluoridated toothpaste or topical treatments alone will not prevent cavities or dental problems. Remember, a proper dental routine and oral hygiene must be maintained for optimal results. 

For comprehensive dental care, visit M. Hirota, DMD at 135 Civic Center Dr #102, National City, CA 91950. Call us at (619) 474-4695 for appointments.

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