Last week, we explained how dental sealants help protect little smiles from the onset of tooth decay. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at another unique preventive treatment option: fluoride treatments! Your Dallas, TX, dentist will explain how we apply this protective varnish to your child’s smile, and what you can do to help protect them from cavities.
The Causes of Tooth Decay
How does a cavity form in a little smile? Well, their teeth, like ours, is coated in a layer of tooth enamel. The hardest substance in the human body, the enamel protects the sensitive inner layers of dentin from bacteria, preventing cavities. However, poor oral hygiene, such as lack of brushing and flossing and a diet high in sugar, could lead to plaque buildup forming on the teeth. Over time, plaque has been shown to weaken and even erode enamel, exposing the dentin and allowing tooth decay to form. Children then begin to experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches, which grow more severe as the decay spreads. Unless treated, the cavity could mean an infection and even the premature loss of the tooth!
With fluoride treatments, we want to help strengthen the outer enamel and re-mineralize the softening portions of the tooth where cavities are just beginning to develop. As a result, your little one could reduce the risk of tooth decay. Application involves the dentist applying fluoride in a varnish form on the teeth and letting it dry. The entire process takes a few minutes and can be done during regular six-month checkup and cleaning visits. For additional protection, make sure your child is using fluoride toothpaste when brushing teeth. Babies and toddlers need a rice-sized blot on their toothbrush, kids three and older need a pea-sized blot of toothpaste.
Drink More Water!
Did you know that fluoride is also in our tap water? Our country started this process decades ago, after studies revealed that adding this re-mineralizing agent in small doses had the ability to strengthen teeth in people of all ages. When your little one drinks a glass of tap water, this helps protect their smile, while also hydrating. Water is also free of the sugars and acids that make sports drinks, energy drinks, some fruit juices, and sodas so harmful for little smiles. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dentistry?
Our team wants to ensure your little ones receive the care necessary to enjoy strong and healthy smiles for years to come! To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.