Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral present in water supplies and some foods. When ingested or used typically, fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks caused by sugars and plaque bacteria in the mouth. Fluoride also acts as a shield for the outer enamel layer of the teeth and can be beneficial even in reversing early dental decay in some cases.
Fluoride can be used topically by applying to the teeth using dental products like toothpaste, mouthwash, and during a professional dental application. When it penetrates the tooth enamel's outer surface, the mineral fluoride makes it more resistant to decay. For children, it is recommended to apply the fluoride during their normal twice per year dental cleaning and checkup to protect it from further decay.
Systemic ingestion of fluoride
Our body can obtain fluoride from foods that we eat and water that we drink. Fluoride, when it gets deposited into the teeth, allows them to become stronger and prevents tooth decay.
Benefits of Fluoride Treatments for Kids
Inhibits oral bacteria: Fluoride treatments make it difficult for bacteria to grow, multiply, and stick to teeth.
Saves money: Since fluoride helps prevent tooth decay, it can save you considerable expense in dental care.
It's natural: Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in water, many foods, and within the earth's crust.
Application of fluoride is easy: The application of fluoride is quick, easy, and painless for your child.
Promotes dental development.: The intake or exposure to fluoride is important to a child's dental development.
However, remember that application or intake of fluoride alone won't prevent tooth decay! Never skip the habit of brushing at least twice a day, flossing regularly, eating balanced meals, and taking care of your diet.
Who are the ideal candidates for fluoride treatment?
Virtually everyone, including kids, can benefit from fluoride treatments. Fluoride treatments are especially beneficial to those who have the following dental concerns:
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- Dry mouth (xerostomia).
- Gum disease.
- A history of recurrent cavities.
- Have undergone restorative dental work, including crowns, bridges, and braces.