Use Fluoride Treatments To Protect Your Child's Smile
Keeping your child healthy is probably your number one concern as a parent. However, in between a busy schedule of dance recitals, sports games, school and work, regular dental appointments, much less fluoride treatments, are probably not on the top of the priority list. However, these treatments are crucial to your child’s oral health and can help prevent future dental conditions. Learn more about fluoride treatments with help from your Danbury, CT dentist.
What are fluoride treatments?
Fluoride is a substance which strengthens the teeth and helps prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is a natural element, found in small amounts in water and in many foods and drinks. Some areas with very low amounts of fluoride in the water manually add it to the supply. Often, children who do not receive enough fluoride in their daily lives require fluoride tablets prescribed by their dentist.
Why are fluoride treatments important?
Your teeth’s outer, white layer, called enamel, is actually made up of a densely packed pattern of minerals. Enamel loses and gains minerals throughout each day, depending on what it comes into contact with. When enamel loses minerals, called demineralization, the chances for tooth decay increase. Fluoride helps build the enamel back up to its strongest state by helping speed the process of replacing lost minerals, called remineralization.
What can I expect at my child’s fluoride treatment appointment?
A professional fluoride treatment usually takes the form of a gel or foam, applied to the teeth by a dental professional. The fluoride treatment remains on the teeth for a set amount of time, then is rinsed away. Your Danbury dentist usually recommends a fluoride treatment during a regular examination and cleaning, which should take place at least twice a year.
For more information on fluoride treatments for your child, please contact Dr. George L. Landress in Danbury, CT. Call (203) 743-7608 to schedule your child’s biannual dental examination and cleaning today!