At Smile Lake Anna, we offer comprehensive dental care to keep you and your child’s teeth healthy and strong. When your child comes in for a dental visit, we may use fluoride to strengthen your child’s tooth enamel and prevent harmful dental decay in children.
Fluoride is an essential nutrient found naturally in many foods. It strengthens tooth enamel and helps prevent tooth decay. Sometimes, we can’t get enough fluoride intake from natural sources, so we recommend that kids get their fluoride treatment to help protect their dental health.
Professional fluoride treatment is common among children who have had early childhood caries or other conditions that put them at risk for tooth decay. The procedure involves applying a thin layer of fluoride on the surface of the teeth. Fluoride strengthens the outer surface of the tooth, which makes it harder for bacteria to cause cavities.
We may also recommend fluoride varnish applications for adults, especially if you are at high risk for decay or cavities, or if you have gum recession. If you’ve had treatment for periodontal disease, fluoride can help prevent future decay.
Your child’s developing teeth need protection from harmful substances. One way to do this is through fluoride treatments. When fluoride products are applied to your child’s primary teeth or permanent teeth, it restores important minerals that may have eroded due to bacteria.
There are several types of fluoride dental treatments available, but we typically use a topical gel as treatment for children. This fluoride varnish application is applied directly to the teeth.
The benefits of fluoride varnish treatments include:
It is recommended that your child receive fluoride treatment at least once per year.
A topical fluoride treatment is a short procedure that takes just a few minutes. Here’s what the process looks like:
Here are some tips to keep your mouth healthy after fluoride dental treatment:
At Smile Lake Anna, we offer various types of fluoride dental treatments to help you and your child build strong teeth that are free from tooth decay. If you want to learn more about fluoride dental treatment, contact us today and schedule a consultation with one of our health professionals.