Use fluoride to protect your child’s teeth

Your not-so-little-anymore one has gotten into the great habit of brushing her teeth twice a day, flossing, and she even looks forward to your twice yearly visits to Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Loudoun, but are you encouraging her to rinse with fluoride? This important mineral has been shown effective at preventing cavities and tooth decay; when her teeth are coated with fluoride, plaque is prevented from building up, hardening, and doing its damage.

There are two different types of fluoride available:

  • Systemic fluoride is ingested, usually through a public water supply. While teeth are forming under the gums, the fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, making it stronger and more resistant to cavities.
  • Topical fluoride is found in toothpaste, mouthwash, and can be applied in the dentist office.

What happens when you receive a fluoride treatment from your pediatric dentist?

Start to finish, the whole process takes only a few minutes. Topical fluoride will be applied, after which your child will be asked to refrain from rinsing, eating, or drinking for at least 30 minutes to allow for absorption time. Depending on the state of your child’s oral health, our dentists may recommend that you all return for fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months. She may also prescribe an at-home fluoride product such as a mouthwash, gel, or antibacterial rinse.

When choosing an over the counter fluoride-containing product (such as toothpaste or mouthwash), always look for the ADA seal of approval; these products have been inspected and approved by the ADA for their safety and effectiveness.

If you’re ready to brighten your child’s smile with fluoride contact Smilez Pediatric Dental Group to schedule an appointment today. If your child has a sensitivity to fluoride, there are plaque and tartar removing toothpaste and dental gels available.