Why Is Fluoride Important?
Fluoride is extremely useful in helping to reduce tooth decay. It works by hardening the tooth surfaces, making them more resistant to the bacteria that cause decay. Fluoride is found in some foods and in fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash. It’s important to make sure your child receives adequate fluoride to protect their teeth.
How Will I Know If My Child Is Receiving Adequate Fluoride?
When you bring your child to visit us here at Central Maitland Dentistry, we will assess their risk of tooth decay and if they are receiving adequate fluoride. If we feel they will benefit from additional fluoride, we will recommend they have topical applications.
How Is Fluoride Applied to Teeth?
Topical treatments allow the fluoride to penetrate the tooth surfaces so it can harden and protect them. We can apply fluoride to teeth in a number of different ways. One way is to use professional strength mouthwash that your child will simply need to swish around their mouth at the end of their check-up and clean. Another option is to use fluoride varnish which is painted onto clean teeth and left to penetrate for several hours or overnight before being brushed off. A third option is to use mouth trays that are filled with fluoride foam and which are left in the mouth for several minutes. All these options are very safe and non-invasive and are an easy way to help protect their teeth.