Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Fluoride Treatments

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is essential to a cavity-free mouth. We apply fluoride varnish at every hygiene check-up. If your child has a tendency to get cavities more frequently, our office offers three-month fluoride visits to help monitor them closely in hopes of avoiding any new cavities. The fluoride varnish we use comes in four delicious flavors and is painted on with a small paintbrush. The procedure is quick, easy, and fun!

Fluoride has been shown to dramatically decrease your chances of forming cavities by working to make your tooth’s enamel more resistant to acid attacks. Fluoride varnish can be easily wiped on your child’s teeth at the end of their preventative care visit and will remain on their teeth overnight to provide the best outcome for your child’s smile. It is best to avoid hot beverages and crunchy foods on the day your child receives pediatric fluoride treatments.

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How does fluoride work?

Fluoride is an element and it occurs naturally in some water supplies. When it is taken in the proper quantities on a routine basis it helps prevent tooth decay. When the teeth are forming, it helps make them strong. It then helps the teeth in the mouth by making weaker areas stronger. It is most effective when combined with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene.

Will my child need fluoride supplements?

If there is decay present during an examination, Dr. Meggan may decide on a topical prescription fluoride that is brushed on the teeth every night. She will consider many factors before prescribing an at-home fluoride treatment for your child. She will want to know if your water supply has fluoride in it, and you may need to check with your water supplier to see if you have fluoride in your water.

How safe is fluoride?

Pacifiers are not a substitute for thumb sucking. They, too, can affect the teeth in the same way as sucking fingers and thumbs. However, you can control and modify the pacifier easier than the thumb or finger habit. Whatever your method, always remember that your child needs your support and understanding during the process of breaking the habit. If your child is emotionally ready and they just can’t stop, make a visit to discuss thumb habit appliance therapy options with Dr. Meggan.

What are topical pediatric fluoride treatments?

Topical fluorides are recommended following all dental cleanings as the tooth will readily “absorb” it at this time. It may be done by any number of methods, foam, gel or varnish.

Both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend fluoride treatments following every prophylaxis (cleaning) and some kids may benefit from topical fluoride treatments more frequently. Your insurance may not pay for it every time, but we recommend treatment based on your child’s specific needs and not on insurance coverage.