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Fluoride Treatment

Why Is Fluoride so Important for Children?

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally, and it’s extremely useful for helping to protect children’s teeth against tooth decay. Everybody’s teeth are covered in a hard outer layer of tooth enamel which consists of lots of different minerals bound together in a crystalline structure. Fluoride works through making tooth enamel harder and more resistant to acids found in the mouth. Sometimes it can be used to help reverse early tooth decay through helping to replace some of the minerals lost from teeth. Fluoride is found in numerous different foods including eggs, meat and fish, and of course in fluoride toothpaste.

Fluoride Treatments

Blue Dental House offers various types of fluoride treatment for children. It’s especially important for children aged between six months and 16 years to get sufficient fluoride as this mineral is incorporated into developing permanent teeth. However if your child doesn’t receive sufficient fluoride then our dentists can prescribe fluoride tablets. Often fluoride will be applied topically in our dental clinic as part of regular treatment. It’s a very quick and non-invasive process that children find easy to tolerate. One way fluoride can be applied is through the use of mouth trays, using a fluoride gel or foam that is allowed to penetrate their teeth for several minutes. Afterwards it’s important that your child doesn’t eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes as this allows the fluoride to be fully absorbed. Otherwise fluoride can be painted onto the teeth in the form of a varnish. The varnish generally needs to be left in place until the next day until it’s brushed away in the morning.

Is Fluoride Safe?

Fluoride is extremely safe and effective, but it’s equally important to make sure your child doesn’t receive too much fluoride as this can create a condition called fluorosis that causes white or brown flecks to develop on the surface of the teeth. We’ll discuss the use of fluoride products at home with you, during your child’s regular check-ups, and it’s important to encourage your child to spit out excess toothpaste rather than swallowing.

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45 Grace Avenue Frenchs Forest NSW 2086 (02) 9451 0800