West Village Dental Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride is important for teeth because it helps prevent tooth decay and strengthens the enamel. Fluoride is found in small amounts in our water, many types of toothpaste and some foods. If you have any questions pertaining to the amount you believe your child should consume please do not hesitate to ask our pediatric dentist at West Village Dental Studio.
Is Fluoride Safe?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association have all stated fluoridated water is safe for children and is an effective agent to maintain good oral health.
While it generally would be very difficult for a child to reach a high toxic level of fluoride, parents should watch children around products containing fluoride. This is particularly important for children under the age of six.
Benefits of Fluoride Treatment
Much like dental sealants, fluoride treatments are an effective way to prevent cavities and tooth decay in children and teens. Fluoride can even reverse very early/small cavities. Fluoride treatments also help strengthen developing teeth.
Fluoride Treatment Procedure
Professional fluoride treatments are often recommended every six months for children and teens during their dental cleanings. A disposable tray filled with fluoride gel or foam is placed into the child’s mouth. They bite down on the tray and our hygienist will suction out any saliva so that the fluoride isn’t swallowed. After approximately one minute the trays are removed. Patients are to not eat or drink for 30 minutes after their treatment.
I Don't Want My Child To Have Fluoride Treatments
We understand and we respect this decision at West Village Dental Studio. We want each family to feel comfortable and not pushed into any treatment they feel uncomfortable with. If you decide to not have fluoride treatments for your child, our pediatric dentist will discuss with you other preventative measures that should be looked into. Treating cavities is very important but prevention is best. Together we will layout a dental care plan that is best for your child.