Prevent tooth decay with fluoride treatment for kids
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral used widely in dentistry because of its ability to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities. In addition to being added to the public water supply, fluoride can be found in many types of toothpaste and other dental products. While using these products provides some benefits, we also recommend professional fluoride treatments for kids because it is most vital for kids to be exposed to it during the ages of 6 months and 16 years when their primary and permanent teeth are developing. At Mona Dental for Kids in Spring, Texas, we make fluoride treatments easy and can perform them during your child’s routine dental check-up.
Benefits of fluoride treatment for developing teeth
Fluoride therapy has been effectively used for many decades to prevent and control tooth decay in children. While it should not be consumed in excessive amounts, fluoride treatments are safe when applied by a professional and provide many benefits for a child’s developing teeth. Fluoride helps to:
- Slow down mineral loss from tooth enamel
- Prevent the proliferation of harmful bacteria that contribute to tooth decay and gum disease
- Rebuild tooth enamel if it has become weakened
- Reverse early tooth decay
While fluoride provides these benefits for people of all ages, it is particularly beneficial for children whose teeth and enamel are still developing.
Topical fluoride treatments at the dentist
Fluoride application for children is painless and quick. The fluoride will be brushed or “painted” onto the enamel of your child’s teeth, after which it will quickly harden when it comes into contact with the saliva. Your child can eat and drink 10-20 minutes after applying the treatment, but should not consume hot or crunchy foods for the next few hours. After four to six hours, your child’s teeth can be brushed and flossed, which will remove any lingering varnish on the teeth.
Call Mona Dental for Kids today at (832) 662-3008 or book your appointment online to schedule your child’s dental cleaning and fluoride treatment. We proudly serve families in the Spring, Tomball, Champions, Woodlands, Conroe, and neighboring areas.