Fluoride is an important mineral that aids in the process of strengthening and maintaining the integrity of the enamel coating on the teeth. Enamel is constantly battling against plaque, bacteria and sugars in the mouth that cause decay. Fluoride is applied to the teeth to help make the enamel more resistant to this decay.
Fluoride intake is important during a child’s dental development. The consumption of fluoride during tooth development allows the mineral to become incorporated with the growth of the primary and permanent teeth. This helps make the teeth more acid resistant resulting in fewer cavities.
It is important to have the dentist prescribe the proper amount of fluoride supplement based on the child’s age and weight while considering other sources of fluoride. Excess fluoride ingestion by a child may result in permanent marks on the teeth. This is termed Fluorosis. This is also why it is so important with young children, due to their tendency to swallow toothpaste, that only a very small amount be placed on the toothbrush until they learn how to spit out the excess.
Types of Fluoride Treatment:
Here at McCracken Family Dentistry, we will recommend that our adult patients receive a fluoride treatment if they are experiencing areas of sensitivity, have a high cavity rate, or if they are not currently receiving an adequate amount through their daily water supply or toothpaste.
In most cases, we will apply the fluoride varnish to specific teeth in the mouth that are sensitive due to extensive demineralization. In the case of adolescents, we will brush the fluoride varnish on all teeth unless it is against the wishes of the parent/guardian. This typically occurs up to the age of eighteen.
We also offer a take-home treatment that consists of the patient wearing custom made trays that are worn for a specific amount of time each day. This type of treatment occurs when a patient experiences extreme issues with decay. Certain conditions, such as dry mouth or a history of excessive cavities, may warrant the need to use this take-home fluoride treatment.
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