Cleanings & Fluoride Treatments
Good daily oral hygiene and regular teeth cleanings are important to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral problems. Most oral issues are caused by the accumulation of plaque, which is the clear film formed by acid-producing bacteria collecting around the teeth. Brushing your child’s teeth twice a day and flossing every day reduces his/her vulnerability to tooth decay and other oral problems. Regular dental visits for professional teeth cleaning and examination are also vital for maintaining optimal oral health.
Types of fluoride treatments
Depending on the results of the dental examination, the pediatric dentist may recommend fluoride treatment to repair teeth showing early signs of tooth decay to stop its progression. Fluoride treatment involves the application of a high concentration of fluoride to the patient’s teeth to:
- Enhance the ability of teeth to reabsorb calcium and phosphate minerals, which help to repair weak tooth enamel and prolong the life of baby teeth
- Slow or reverse tooth cavity development to delay or eliminate the need for costly tooth restoration work
- Bond to developing teeth to strengthen the enamel and reduce vulnerability to bacteria
There are two types of fluoride treatments:
1. Topical fluoride
This involves the use of fluoride toothpastes, mouth rinses, and other in-office treatments that are applied directly to the tooth enamel
2. Systemic fluoride
This involves the use of fluoridated water and dietary supplements containing fluoride that are swallowed.
The most reduction in tooth decay can be achieved by combining both types of fluoride treatments.
Who needs fluoride treatment?
In-office fluoride treatment is a common dental procedure for both children and adults who’re at risk of tooth decay. Your dentist may recommend this treatment if you’re at greater risk of cavities due to:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Poor diet or Eating disorders
- Active dental caries
- Dry mouth due to decreased salivary flow
- Lack of regular professional teeth cleanings
- Current orthodontic treatment
- High levels of harmful bacteria in the mouth
In-Office Dental Cleaning and Fluoride Treatment
The combination of regular professional teeth cleaning and fluoride treatments can help to improve the oral health of your child, and ensure his/her general wellbeing, as well. Your pediatric dentist will recommend an appropriate interval for your next dental appointment for professional cleaning and examining your child’s teeth development.