Kids Klub Pediatric Dentistry
Sara Bukhari, DDS
Pediatric Dentistry located in Phoenix, AZ
If your child has a history of cavities, fluoride treatment can prevent further problems and preserve their smile. At Kids Klub Pediatric Dentistry, Sara Bukhari, DDS, and the team use fluoride treatments to lower the risk of tooth decay. To make an appointment for your child at the practice in Phoenix, Arizona, call the office to speak with a team member or use the online booking tool today.
Fluoride Treatment Q&A
What is fluoride treatment?
Fluoride treatment is a quick, outpatient procedure that helps prevent dental decay and tooth sensitivity. Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound found in many foods and water supplies. It strengthens the tooth enamel, minimizing damage caused by plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria.
By remineralizing your child’s tooth enamel, it’s possible to significantly lower the risk of oral health problems in the future, ensuring a beautiful, vibrant smile.
What does fluoride treatment involve?
At Kids Klub Pediatric Dentistry, the team conducts fluoride treatment on-site. Before prescribing fluoride, your child’s provider assesses the health and condition of their tooth enamel to determine if they’ll benefit.
If your child’s fluoride levels are low, or they have a history of tooth decay, the team applies the fluoride treatment to their teeth. Fluoride comes in several forms, including gel, varnish, and foam. Once applied, fluoride needs to absorb; it’s important to wait at least 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything.
How often does my child need a fluoride treatment?
The frequency at which your child needs fluoride treatment depends on their age, dental health history, and commitment to regular brushing and flossing.
Some common factors that increase your child’s risk of tooth decay include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Infrequent dental exams
- Poor diet
- Dry mouth
- Weak enamel
Often, children get enough fluoride from the foods and beverages they consume, but it isn’t always enough to prevent cavities or enamel damage.
What are the benefits of fluoride treatment?
Fluoride works by restoring tooth enamel damaged by harmful bacteria. Once your child’s teeth absorb the fluoride, it limits the growth of that same bacteria, providing an extra line of defense.
Fluoride treatment is especially beneficial for children. Research shows that people with fluoride exposure at a young age are significantly less likely to experience tooth decay compared to those who aren’t.
In some cases, fluoride doesn’t provide enough protection. If necessary, the team can apply sealants –– a thin, protective coating –– to your child’s teeth.
Is fluoride treatment safe?
Fluoride treatment is safe and usually well-tolerated. It presents no serious side effects, and there’s no downtime or recovery period. Following your child’s appointment, they can return to school and other routine activities right away.
To learn more about fluoride treatment, make an appointment for your child at Kids Klub Pediatric Dentistry by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.