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Caring for your child’s mouth begins before he or she even has visible teeth. But while many parents know to wipe the gums with a clean cloth and schedule the first pediatric dentist appointment no later than the first birthday, the ideal fluoride treatment schedule can be a little less clear. Talk to a pediatric dentist about the benefits of fluoride treatments for your child and keep reading to learn the answers to some common questions.
Why is Fluoride Important?
Teeth contain minerals, which are continually being lost and regained in processes called demineralization and remineralization. Demineralization occurs when acids, which are byproducts of plaque, corrode the enamel. This leaves teeth susceptible to tooth decay. Pediatric dentists recommend fluoride because this mineral helps inhibit the demineralization process. Fluoride is particularly important for children under the age of six because the mineral is added to the permanent teeth as they develop. This helps prevent tooth decay throughout the child’s life. However, fluoride is important for people of all ages.
When Should a Child Have Fluoride Treatments?
Follow your pediatric dentist’s recommendations for administering fluoride products. Sometimes, pediatric dentists recommend fluoride tablets for children, beginning when they are six months old. After evaluating your child’s oral health, your pediatric dentist will tell you when you should begin using fluoridated products, like toothpaste, and when your child should begin having fluoride treatments at the dentist’s office.
How are Fluoride Treatments Administered?
Professional fluoride treatments are administered with a gel, foam, or varnish. The pediatric dentist might paint the treatment onto your child’s teeth, or he or she might prepare a tray.
For all of your pediatric dentistry needs, contact the friendly staff at Park View Pediatric Dentistry. Schedule an appointment with our Manhattan practice by calling (646) 402-6578. Or, visit our website to learn more about our services, including fluoride treatments.
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Younger children require a great deal of supervision when they brush their teeth. Make sure your child brushes and flosses all areas of his or her smile, and that he or she brushes for the proper amount of time. Pediatric dentists emphasize the importance of brushing for at least two minutes, twice daily, to help prevent tooth decay and maintain a beautiful smile.
If your child is reluctant to brush his or her teeth for at least two minutes, try creating a fun distraction for him or her to help the time go by easier. For some ideas on making tooth-brushing time fun for your child, watch this video.
Children should have pediatric dental check-ups and cleanings every six months. Schedule your child’s appointment with the pediatric dentists of Park View Pediatric Dentistry in Manhattan by calling (646) 402-6578.
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