Promote good oral health in your children by opting for fluoride treatments.
Approximately one-third of children starting school are already dealing with tooth decay. While cavities might seem like an inevitable part of life there are certain things both you and your child can do to protect their smiles. After all, the sooner you can instill good oral hygiene in your child the better. Find out how turning to our Vernon, CT, dentist Dr. Jeffrey Burns for fluoride treatment could benefit your child’s smile.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is one mineral, along with calcium and phosphate, that helps strengthen tooth enamel. Fluoride is naturally occurring in water and certain foods but sadly many people still don’t get the proper amount of fluoride through drinking water and diet alone. This is when our Vernon, CT, general dentist will step in and provide your child’s smile with the proper fluoride treatment (often during their six-month checkup).
Why is fluoride good for teeth?
Since sugar and acidic foods can break down enamel and cause tooth decay, fluoride is there to help prevent this from happening by remineralizing and strengthening tooth enamel. In essence, fluoride can protect our teeth from acid attacks and even reverse early signs of decay.
When should my child get fluoride treatment?
Since healthy tooth development is most critical during the early years, children between 6 months and 16 years need to have fluoride treatments. During this time, children experience both the development of primary and permanent teeth, for which fluoride is a crucial component.
Our Vernon, CT, family dentist may recommend that your child use a specific fluoridated toothpaste or oral rinse to protect their teeth, or our team may apply a fluoride treatment to your child’s teeth when they come in for their routine cleanings. We can also prescribe fluoride supplements to your children so they can continue to get the right amount of fluoride in their diet to maintain a healthy smile.
If it’s time to schedule your child’s next cleaning or you want to find out more about fluoride, then contact our Vernon, CT, dentist Dr. Burns at (860) 870-4410. Protect your child’s beautiful smile with fluoride treatments.