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What Parents Need to Know About Fluoride and Pediatric Dental Care

Last updated 5 years ago

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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