Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is very useful in helping to prevent tooth decay. It’s essential to ensure your child receives sufficient fluoride while their teeth are developing. Our dentist will discuss the use of fluoride with you during their first dental visit.
Where You Find Fluoride?
Fluoride is present naturally in certain water supplies or is added to public water in some communities, and it’s also found in certain foods. Most toothpaste is fluoridated, as are some mouthwashes. Fluoride is obtained systemically, meaning it enters the bloodstream, or it can be applied topically to teeth, for example by brushing your child’s teeth with fluoridated toothpaste.
How Does Fluoride Help Prevent Tooth Decay?
Fluoride works by hardening tooth enamel, interrupting the formation of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth, so your child’s teeth become more resistant to decay. Sometimes, if we detect a small lesion in your child’s tooth, it may even be possible to reverse early tooth decay with an application of fluoride.
How Can Fluoride Treatments Help?
If we feel your child could benefit from additional fluoride, we can provide it in the form of topical gels or pastes which are applied to their teeth using a mouth tray. It’s an incredibly gentle treatment that is quick, non-invasive and very effective. If needed, we can also prescribe fluoride supplements.