Our pediatric dentists generally recommend fluoride treatments when a child's environment does not provide the best access to fluoride or when the child's teeth are unusually soft. Fluoride treatments at All Smiles Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry can help your child's teeth become strong, and this is especially true when it comes to their permanent teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Fluoride Treatment?
Dr. Lan Nguyen and Dr. Christopher Chau recommend fluoride because these treatments have consistently proven beneficial for children's oral health. Before teeth even erupt, fluoride helps make a baby's tooth enamel stronger and more resistant to cavities. After they emerge, topical applications of fluoride help remineralize or rebuild weakened enamel and even reverse tooth decay before it becomes noticeable.
However, there needs to be a balance in the amount of fluoride they are getting; sometimes, our children are exposed to more fluoride than we think and sometimes less.
How Much Fluoride Is Too Much?
Having too little or too much fluoride can both have adverse effects on your child's oral health. Not getting enough can prevent their teeth from not being strong enough to resist decay. On the other hand, too much fluoride can cause discolorations in the permanent teeth.
At All Smiles Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry, we can evaluate the condition of your child's teeth to help you determine if they need more or less fluoride. An examination with one of the pedodontists at our Corona dental office will help us determine what is appropriate and communicate to you what we recommend when it comes to fluoride.
Does Your Child Need Fluoride Treatment?
At All Smiles Kids, we can help you understand how much fluoride your child needs to make sure they have optimum oral health. Most parents are not aware that their children are exposed to more fluoride than they know, and this is where a thorough dental exam can help you understand just how much fluoride your child needs.
Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Chau will work with you and your child to find the best solution for them and then base your child's care on their individual needs. We will discuss the treatment plan in depth with you, so you understand what to expect and what needs to be done for your child to have the best oral health.
Oral Health Benefits of Silver Diamine Fluoride
If your child has active cavities (caries), Dr. Nguyen can recommend silver diamine fluoride or SDF to control them and help prevent the decay from spreading.
SDF is a liquid that we apply to a cavity to keep the tooth stable and stop the decay from spreading. The silver in SDF kills existing bacteria and helps prevent new bacteria from forming. The fluoride in SDF works to prevent the breakdown of the tooth's structure.
With silver diamine fluoride treatment, our pediatric dentist can often delay invasive procedures like numbing or drilling a tooth. We recommend SDF for younger children with extensive decay, kids with special needs, or those who have anxiety and don't like visiting the dentist.
Schedule Your Child's Next Dental Exam
If you want to take steps to ensure that your child's teeth are strong and healthy and you are doing everything possible to help them avoid cavities, call our Corona dental office. We will be happy to answer your questions about fluoride treatment or schedule an appointment with one of our children's dentists.