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Children's Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride is a mineral that helps to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. It is naturally found in water, but the amount of fluoride in water varies from place to place. If your child's water supply does not have enough fluoride, or if your child is at high risk for cavities, your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment.
There are two main types of fluoride treatments for children:
- Fluoride varnish. Fluoride varnish is a clear, sticky liquid that is painted on the teeth. It hardens quickly and does not require rinsing. Fluoride varnish is a safe and effective way to deliver fluoride to the teeth.
- Fluoride rinse. A fluoride rinse is a liquid that is swished around in the mouth for about 30 seconds. Fluoride rinse is also safe and effective but not as effective as fluoride varnish.
Fluoride treatments are typically done at the dentist's office, but some dentists may also recommend that you use fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash at home.
Here are some of the benefits of fluoride treatments for children:
- Reduces the risk of cavities. Fluoride treatments can help to reduce the risk of cavities by up to 50%.
- Strengthens teeth. Fluoride treatments can help to strengthen teeth and make them more resistant to cavities.
- Improves overall oral health. Fluoride treatments can help to improve overall oral health by reducing the risk of gum disease and other dental problems.
If you are considering a fluoride treatment for your child, be sure to talk to your dentist about the risks and benefits. Fluoride treatments are safe and effective, but they are not necessary for everyone. Our pediatric dentist can help you decide if fluoride treatment is right for your child.