Is Fluoride Necessary For Kids?
Routine dental care is necessary for kids. It gives them an opportunity to visit their dentist for a professional cleaning and have an examination to see if there are any areas of concern that need to be addressed. Following through with this twice per year can set the foundation for lifelong oral health.
Because the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that fluoride treatments be a part of a child’s preventative dental care routine, most pediatric dentists will offer fluoride at these appointments. But, is fluoride really necessary for kids?
The Importance of Fluoride
Fluoride is a natural mineral that has proven itself to be powerful at protecting teeth from tooth decay and, ultimately, cavities. It can also be found in many oral hygiene products, such as toothpaste, mouthwash, and more.
So, why is fluoride so important?
See, for many different reasons, tooth enamel can be broken down through a process known as demineralization. But teeth that have been subjected to fluoride undergo a process known as remineralization in which the teeth are strengthened. In other words, it can reverse the damage to teeth, including any areas of weakness in the enamel.
Because of this, many communities throughout the United States have added fluoride to the water supplies that come into each home. And, it has been reported that those who frequently drink tap water tend to have fewer cavities than those who do not.
What is a Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride treatments at the dentist can be done at any time but they are most often done every six months after their dental cleaning. It is applied to the teeth using a gel or foam.
Another option is fluoride varnish which is painted on the teeth and is known to last for several months. This is the option we use at PDC Memphis.
A few benefits that these treatments provide include:
- Strong teeth
- Tooth decay prevention
- Restoration of important minerals
- Prevention of cavities
- Can help reduce the need for complex dental work later
Fluoride treatments can begin as soon as the teeth erupt – which is as early as six months of age.
Fluoride Treatments at Pediatric Dental Care of Memphis
At Pediatric Dental Care of Memphis, we provide fluoride to our patients as part of our pediatric dental treatment. We want to give our patients every chance to have great oral health. And fluoride is a part of that plan.