Importance of Fluoride for Oral Health
Fluoride treatment is one of the valuable services we offer here at Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry. Professional fluoride treatments are one of the best ways to help keep teeth strong. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that gives teeth their strength and can help to reduce sensitivity ensuring a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.
How Fluoride Protects Your Child’s Teeth
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water and certain foods. There are two types of fluoride treatment: topical and systemic. Topical fluorides are applied directly to the surfaces of the tooth, while systemic fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral which, at ideal levels, strengthens the teeth from within.
Every day, our teeth lose and gain minerals through the process of demineralization and remineralization. Demineralization occurs when the bacteria in our mouth feed off the sugars and other simple carbohydrates we consume. As these bacteria feed, they produce acids that attack the enamel. Remineralization occurs when we consume foods and beverages that deposit crucial minerals back into the enamel.
If the process of demineralization exceeds remineralization tooth decay will occur. Fluoride treatments, especially topical, is an important component of remineralization. Fluoride can help prevent and even reverse areas of decay that are only in the enamel.
Professional Fluoride Treatment
Dr. Justin and Dr. Joni will evaluate your child's needs for a professional topical fluoride treatment as part of his or her preventive care visit. The placement of fluoride on your child's teeth will only take a minute. At Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we use fluoride varnish, and your child will get to choose a flavor from our child friendly options. We will place the fluoride with a brush on one surface of your child's teeth. Afterwards, you may notice a sticky film that hardens to a crystal-like substance over a couple of hours. This is what helps make teeth strong and can even help with tooth sensitivity! After the professional fluoride treatment, your child can eat and drink right away. We usually do give them the night off from brushing though to let the fluoride soak in.
Does Your Child Need Fluoride Treatment?
During your child’s routine appointment, our dentists will assess their risk of tooth decay. If they are at a higher risk, we may recommend more frequent fluoride treatments. Depending on the status of your child’s oral health, we may recommend fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months.
Some of these risk factors include:
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment
Treating cavities is important, but preventing them is ideal. Call 406-224-4272 to schedule your child’s appointment today!