While regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are foundational for oral health, incorporating fluoride rinses can further strengthen your child’s teeth.
Fluoride protects teeth against cavities and decay by forming a protective layer, preventing plaque from settling and hardening on teeth.
Sources of Fluoride:
- Systemic fluoride: Typically found in public water supplies, it fortifies the enamel of teeth even before they emerge, offering resistance against cavities.
- Topical fluoride: Directly applied to existing teeth, it’s accessible via toothpaste, mouthwashes, or professional applications. Dentist-provided fluoride treatments like foams and varnishes can be particularly potent in preventing decay.
What to Expect from a Dental Fluoride Treatment:
These treatments are quick and hassle-free. Post-treatment, it’s advised to avoid eating, drinking, or rinsing for around 30 minutes to maximize fluoride absorption. Depending on your child’s dental health, these treatments might be suggested every three, six, or 12 months. There might also be recommendations for fluoride-based products for home use.
Choosing the Right Fluoride Product:
For home fluoride products, ensure they have the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal. This guarantees the product’s efficacy and safety as vetted by the ADA.