What Is Fluoride, and why is it recommended for children?
BY DR. AZI A. ARDAKANI, DDS
Fluoride is a natural mineral found in many sources, including water, soil, plants, , rocks and even organically in certain foods. It has become a vital tool in the never-ending battle against tooth decay. In United States, most communities add fluoride to their drinking water as a public health measure.
How Do Cavities Form?
Eating foods loaded with sugars and starches fuels the cavity-causing bacteria that naturally exists in our oral flora. As they feast, the bacteria produce acids that attack the tooth’s external layer, the enamel, stripping it of calcium and phosphate in a process called demineralization, which leaves your child's teeth vulnerable to decay and cavities.
Why Are Fluoride Treatments Important for Your Child?
Cavities continue to be the most common yet preventable childhood disease. Cavities can cause considerable pain, interfere with eating, result in time lost away from school, and can even lead to tooth loss. The best treatment for cavities is to prevent them from developing.
Fluoride offers many benefits. It strengthens the tooth enamel and makes it more resistant to decay by slowing down the loss of minerals. It can even help remineralize, or rebuild weakened tooth enamel, restoring it to its strength and health. Better yet, fluoride can help reverse the early signs of tooth decay.
Aside from strengthening the tooth enamel, fluoride has antimicrobial properties. The powerful cavity fighter can eliminate the high percentage of harmful bacteria that contribute to the formation of cavities and gum disease.
Does Your Child Need Fluoride Treatments?
While water fluoridation is a common practice in the US, bottled water, home treatment systems, and private wells may not offer the needed fluoride. A lack of fluoride during the critical growth years of infants and children may result in extensive tooth decay.
The best way to determine whether your child requires professional fluoride treatments is to consult with your trusted team at Little Heroes of Orange County Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Azi will evaluate your little hero’s unique needs and determine whether fluoride treatments are recommended as an extra layer of protection.
What does Fluoride Treatment consist of?
Topical fluoride application is a quick and painless procedure that takes only a few minutes to complete. It involves brushing a fluoride varnish or gel onto the tooth surfaces. Treatments can be repeated every 3-6 months, depending on your child's needs.
Fluoride Treatments Near Me in Laguna Beach, CA
If you want to learn more about safeguarding your child's oral health with the help of fluoride treatments, contact Little Heroes of Orange County Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Azi will recommend the best preventive solutions to keep your little hero's smile healthy and bright. We invite you to call our office at 949-342-1484 to schedule your child's appointment or request one online today!