Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is an important agent in protecting teeth against decay. That is why, many communities across the U.S. have launched public water fluoridation programs. If you reside in an area that has fluoridated city water, then tap water, may be a great source of fluoride for your children. It is also important to purchase age appropriate toothpaste for your child. When your child can predictably expectorate (spit out) toothpaste, we recommend you use age appropriate fluoride toothpaste, the fluoride helps to strengthen the outer enamel part of our teeth.
Toddler’s and children’s toothpastes contain lower levels of fluoride, so parents should speak with their dentists about which products are best for their children. Fluoride treatments offered at dentists’ offices are another great way to make sure your kids get the recommended exposure to the benefits of fluoride. Learn more about the importance of fluoride for cavity prevention.
Fluoride for kids’ teeth
It can be highly beneficial for kids to receive regular fluoride treatments in dental office. Applying a fluoride treatment can help protect both primary and permanent teeth. From the first appearance of teeth to when permanent teeth are fully erupted, topical application of fluoride by a dental professional can have great benefits in preventing tooth decay. There are several ways to administer topical fluoride treatments: with a mouth rinse or with a gel, foam or varnish.
We routinely provide fluoride treatments with varnish, which provides a highly protective and long-lasting coating over teeth enamel. Fluoride in varnish form is highly concentrated and is applied with a brush, allowing dental care providers to target the exact tooth/teeth that need the most protection. After a fluoride treatment, your child should not eat or drink for thirty minutes.
Talk to your dentist about how fluoride may benefit your child’s teeth!
Additional Resource: 9 tips to prevent childhood tooth decay