Fluoride treatments are an excellent way to protect your children's teeth from tooth decay. Jaclyn W. Bae, DDS, a pediatric dentist serving Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Brea and Placentia, CA, shares some information about this important dental treatment.
What does fluoride do?
Every time you eat, the sugars in foods combine with bacteria in your mouth to produce acids. These acids destroy enamel in your teeth during a process called demineralization. Fluoride rebuilds your enamel by remineralizing it. It also prevents bacteria from creating the acids that cause tooth decay.
How does my child receive fluoride?
Fluoride is found naturally in small amounts in water and some foods. It's also added to toothpaste and mouthwashes and some municipal water supplies.
Why is fluoride treatment a good idea?
Cavities not only cause pain, but also weaken teeth. Fluoride treatments provide the protection your children need to resist tooth decay. Treatment is particularly important if your child has already had several cavities, snacks frequently, or takes antihistamines or other medications that decrease saliva production.
Treatment is also a good idea if your child has poor brushing habits. When children first learn to brush their teeth on their own, they may not do a thorough job. Fluoride treatment from Dr. Bae helps protect their teeth until they perfect their teeth brushing technique.
How can my child receive fluoride treatment?
Dr. Bae can provide fluoride treatments that will augment the fluoride your child receives from other sources. After your son or daughter's teeth are cleaned, your dentist will apply a fluoride gel, foam or varnish. Fluoride is available in a variety of child-friendly flavors, and treatment only takes a few minutes. After treatment, your son or daughter should avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes.
Visit your pediatric dentist serving Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Brea and Placentia, CA
Do you want to protect your child from tooth decay? Schedule a fluoride treatment with Jaclyn W. Bae, DDS, serving Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Brea and Placentia, CA. Safeguard your child's oral health with fluoride treatments!