Fluoride Treatment for Children

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If your child’s smile needs extra defensive protection against cavities to preserve their teeth, we invite you to learn more about fluoride treatment in today’s blog. Let’s take a look!

What exactly is fluoride?
Essentially, fluoride is a natural mineral which helps to strengthen your little one’s precious tooth enamel against the harmful effects of oral bacteria. You see, the minerals in your child’s smile undergo a process of being lost and regained every day from tooth enamel. This is known as demineralization and remineralization, and to have strong teeth means they need to gain more minerals than are being lost. So, fluoride exposure to tooth enamel can in effect help the teeth regain minerals faster.

What are my child’s options for fluoride?
Did you know that fluoride is actually a naturally occurring mineral? Did you know that naturally occurring fluoride is available through a variety of sources that includes certain kinds of food and some types of water? Of course, some municipalities add fluoride to city water supplies which offers exposure for those households who drink the tap water. In addition, fluoride may also be found in some toothpaste as well as oral rinses. As your child receives enough fluoride, their tooth enamel is strengthened, and, combined with regular effective dental hygiene, you can remain confident that you are doing all you can to help prevent cavities from forming in your child’s smile.

How is fluoride offered at Orem Pediatric Dentistry?
Our dedicated dental team can also apply dental fluoride to your child’s teeth right here at the office when they come in for a checkup and cleaning. We are pleased to offer professional fluoride treatments for our young patients to provide a high fluoride concentration which is typically greater than many other sources of this mineral. In-office fluoride may come in the form of a gel, varnish, or foam, or even prescription fluoride supplements to give your child the protection their teeth need between dental visits.

We invite you to contact Orem Pediatric Dentistry at 801-802-7200 today to book an appointment with our dentist, Dr. R. Bruce Howell, to see if your child can benefit from additional fluoride in Orem, Utah. We look forward to helping your child’s smile thrive!