When you hear the word “fluoride,” what do you think of? You probably think of that weird tasting paste that the dentist paints on your teeth at the end of your dental exam, but do you know how important it really is?
Fluoride is a natural mineral found all throughout the earth. When a dentist paints fluoride onto your teeth, the fluoride joins together with your enamel to create a force to be reckoned with.
Enamel is the outer surface of the tooth. This surface is what faces the most trauma from acids and bacteria. It Is in the enamel where cavities form. When enamel absorbs fluoride, the enamel becomes much stronger and able to resist tooth decay.
Whether your child still has all their baby teeth or if they are starting to trade them for their permanent teeth, fluoride treatments are an important part of your child’s dental visit. A child’s mouth is constantly growing and their teeth are rapidly developing. All this change happening can make their teeth vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay.
This is a vital time for your child’s dental health. Fluoride treatments will help to strengthen your child’s enamel in both their baby teeth and their permanent teeth. Our dentists will paint the fluoride paste onto your child’s teeth at each routine check-up. Some kids may need an extra dose of the fluoride mineral, then an oral supplement can be provided.