Fluoride

Fluoride

Preventative care provides children with a solid foundation for oral health. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, plus visiting the dentist for professional cleanings and checkups.
At Kenmore Pediatric Dentistry, our dentist Dr. Stewart provides children with additional preventative care measures, such as sealants on molars and fluoride. A big part of preventing dental health problems is ensuring your child receives all the minerals necessary to build strong teeth. Regular fluoride treatments with Dr. Stewart will fortify your child’s teeth against decay and cavities.

How Does Fluoride Work?

When we eat sugar, the enamel in our teeth can demineralize and make them more prone to developing cavities.  Fluoride helps to prevent this demineralization, working to remineralize the tooth and provide strength.  

 

There are two ways your children can receive fluoride: systemically and topically.

  • Systemic fluorideis often found in local water supplies and certain foods, but it can also be taken in supplements or drops, if necessary. When systemic fluoride is ingested, it helps strengthen teeth while they're developing.
  • Topical fluoride has several sources. You might find it in toothpaste, mouthwash, and special rinses. The dentist also provides fluoride in gel trays and varnish applications.

What to Expect During a Fluoride Treatment at Kenmore Pediatric Dentistry

At your child’s cleaning and exam appointment, we will determine if a fluoride treatment is right for him or her.  We take the time to evaluate risk factors of developing cavities for each child, and a varnish can be easily and quickly applied with a brush. 

How Often Are Fluoride Treatments Needed?

Depending on your child’s oral healthcare needs, the amount of fluoride he or she receives outside our office, and his or her proneness to developing cavities, Dr. Stewart might recommend fluoride treatments every three, six, or twelve months. Typically, fluoride treatments are always provided during regular dental cleanings and exams. If necessary, we might also prescribe your child a special toothpaste, rinse, or mouthwash, which contains more fluoride than over-the-counter products, to use at home.

Be sure to contact us with any questions or set up an appointment at Kenmore Pediatric Dentistry today.