Fluoride treatments are an essential part of your child’s pediatric dental care. Here at Clubhouse Pediatric Dentistry, we offer this in an effort to protect your child’s teeth from cavities by strengthening tooth enamel. They are safe, fast, and effective and are offered in all of our offices!
What Are Fluoride Treatments and What Do They Do?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in many foods and in water. It helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay via the process of remineralization. In children under six years of age, fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent teeth, making it difficult for acids to demineralize the teeth. Fluoride also disrupts acid production in already erupted teeth of both children and adults.
It consist of a highly concentrated form of fluoride, which is applied to the tooth’s surface in the form of a varnish. Our trained staff applies the fluoride varnish as a type of topical fluoride therapy They take only a few extra minutes and are offered in all of our offices: Idaho Falls, Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho, and Jackson, Wyoming.
Who Should Get Fluoride Treatments?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends fluoride treatments for children as young as six months old. It plays an essential role in tooth development and long-term protection. Dr. Jackson is a trained specialist who can determine when and how often your child needs fluoride treatments to maintain optimal dental health.
How Long Do They Last?
Fluoride treatments can last for several months, but they may need to be reapplied more frequently if your child is at a greater risk for tooth decay. Dry mouth, medications, or other healthcare needs may be reasons for needing fluoride treatments more often.
Children and adolescents benefit from more frequent fluoride treatments than adults do simply because their teeth are still developing! Ultimately, the frequency of fluoride treatments will depend on your child’s individual needs.
How Much Do They Cost?
The cost for any dental treatment or procedure varies depending on different factors. In general, they are considered inexpensive. We always provide up-front pricing before performing any treatment or procedure. It is important to remember that preventative measures, including fluoride treatments, are an investment in your child’s oral health for life! Fluoride treatments and sealants (discussed below) and good oral hygiene are your best guarantee for avoiding costly dental procedures in the future.
Other Preventative Dentistry Options For Children
Clubhouse Pediatric Dentistry offers dental sealants. Dental sealants are another preventive measure we use to protect your child’s teeth from cavities and decay. Sealants are ultra-thin, medical-grade (clear or white) plastic coatings that are applied to the back teeth, where cavities are most likely to occur in the deep grooves. An extra barrier is formed by sealing off these areas that prevent food and bacteria from getting into the tooth and causing decay.
Fluoride treatments and sealants are two preventative measures that can be a one-two punch that will knock out the decay and keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong!
Fluoride Treatments Can Give Your Child a Cavity-Free Future
This and other preventative dentistry measures are vital to maintaining good oral health for your child. Dr. Jackson knows the best course of action to prevent dental problems and detect early signs of decay. If needed, he will recommend and perform the correct treatment before a problem worsens. By promoting preventive dentistry for children and catching issues early, we can help them enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.