When you begin scheduling dental appointments for your child, you may hear this buzzword getting thrown around: Fluoride. You probably know that fluoride is important for your child’s oral health, but do you know why? Read on to find out more.
Fluoride is a mineral that is present in many natural environments. Certain foods and water all contain some amount of fluoride. The mineral is also vital for the beginning stages of your child’s dentition. It acts as an additional layer that resists acids from plaque and bacteria, lessening the chances of cavities and tooth decay.
You will find your dentist suggesting fluoride for your child because its application helps reverse early tooth decay. Fluoride treatment is vital for the health of permanent teeth
, which is why your dentist will apply it early and while your child’s teeth are still developing.
Fluoride treatment is a preventive and proactive approach to good oral health and should be used on children between the ages of six and sixteen – when the teeth are still developing and becoming permanent. There are many forms of fluoride available and your dentist will determine the best method for your child depending on their dentition and overall health. Fluoride can be applied as a gel, foam, or varnish and can also be taken in liquid or tablet form with a prescription.
Overall, it is important that your child receive fluoride treatment as a preventive measure for their oral health and your local dentist can always help you choose the appropriate treatment method for your child’s individual case.
Contact Dimitri Bizoumis, DDS for More Information
Dr. Dimitri Bizoumis
is a pediatric dentist located in Huntington Beach who provides fluoride treatment for all of his young patients. If you would like more information about fluoride and its impact on oral health, contact Dr. Bizoumis and schedule an appointment