Fluoride Treatment to Prevent Tooth Decay
Basic, good oral hygiene begins at home with a proper brushing and flossing routine. For children with developing teeth, supplementing their routine with a fluoride treatment can help ensure that their teeth stays cavity free.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps in the prevention of tooth decay. It makes teeth more resistant to plaque bacteria and acid build up that can lead to the destruction of the tooth enamel which results in tooth decay.
While there are supplements and over-the-counter products that you can brush or rinse with, getting dental fluoride treatments from a professional dental center is the best option to ensure full protection for your teeth. This is because this treatment has a higher amount of fluoride compared to what is normally found in commercial toothpastes or mouth washes. Whether applied as a gel, foam, or varnish, when this fluoride is left on the teeth for anywhere between one to four minutes, it will leave more lasting results.
These fluoride treatments are recommended as part of the routine visit for dental cleaning, particularly for children up to 16 years of age when their teeth are at their formative stages. Combining these treatments with proper diet and oral hygiene will ensure strong, healthy teeth for years to come.
Keeping your children’s teeth cavity free may also mean the application of a dental sealant. The back teeth (the pre molars and molars) have plenty of grooves that can trap and accumulate food and plaque that brushing and flossing might not be able to clean properly. This accumulation can break down the enamel and eventually lead to tooth decay. What the teeth sealant does is it forms a protective shield over the teeth enamel, helping prevent decay and enamel breakdown.
The most likely candidates for dental sealants would be children with premolars and permanent molars who are susceptible to cavities. Sealants may also be used on baby teeth to prevent them from falling out too early if the baby teeth are shown to have many grooves. This will allow for proper spacing of when the permanent teeth come in.
The dental sealant is applied onto each tooth after thorough cleaning. If needed, an acid solution may be placed onto the tooth to roughen the surface to allow for better adhesion of the sealant. The tooth is then rinsed after, if an acid solution was used. After the sealant is applied, it will bond to the tooth enamel and harden where it will protect the tooth from damage brought on by food and plaque accumulation.
If you are interested to know more about fluoride treatment and dental sealant application, contact us today. We will help care for your teeth so you can keep on smiling.