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Let Fluoride Treatments Improve Your Child’s Oral Health

March 29, 2024

Fluoride treatments are a cornerstone of preventive dental care because they offer numerous benefits for maintaining oral health and preventing tooth decay. These treatments involve the application of fluoride, a natural mineral, to the teeth in various forms such as gels, foams, varnishes and rinses. It works with the calcium and phosphate that saliva already contains. 

The office of Great Smiles Pediatric & Orthodontics recognizes the importance of early intervention in addressing children’s dental issues. By identifying and addressing potential problems promptly, we can prevent them from worsening and help ensure proper dental development as our patients grow.

Though fluoride treatments also help adults, children, who are drawn to sweets and sugary beverages, especially benefit. Fluoride plays a crucial role in the development of strong, healthy teeth, reducing the likelihood of cavities and gum disease during the formative years. Its ability to strengthen tooth enamel makes teeth more resistant to acid attacks from oral bacteria and sugars.

Fluoride also promotes the remineralization of weakened tooth enamel. When enamel is demineralized by acids, fluoride helps to repair and rebuild the mineral structure, which restores resilience and integrity to the teeth. The process can reverse the early stages of tooth decay and prevent the need for more invasive dental procedures as kids grow into adulthood. 

The treatments are also quick, easy, safe, non-invasive and painless. They can be administered swiftly during a routine dental visit, so they’re great for patients with busy schedules. Unlike some dental procedures, fluoride applications are topical, and they don’t require anesthesia or recovery time. These two aspects let patients resume their normal activities right afterward and kids not be afraid of them. 

Fluoride treatments are cost-effective compared to the expenses associated with treating dental cavities and other oral health problems. Investing in preventive care through regular fluoride treatments can ultimately save patients money by reducing their need for more extensive dental care, such as fillings, crowns and root canals.

Great Smiles Pediatric & Orthodontics understands the importance of building trust and a rapport with our young patients and their families. We create a supportive environment in which children feel comfortable expressing their concerns and receiving the care they need. Please don’t hesitate to call us to schedule an appointment.

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