If you want your child’s smile to stay healthy, you may be wondering what you can do to help. There are various ways you can encourage them to maintain their oral health and one way is to bring them to the dentist regularly. There, they can receive these fluoride treatments to strengthen their teeth, ensuring that they stay protected. Here is how we do them.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs often in nature, and we have found that it strengthens the enamel on the surface of the teeth. The substance replaces the calcium ions in the enamel and thus hardens the enamel crystal. These treatments are important, especially as children’s permanent teeth develop. We also use these treatments in adults because, as people age, gums recede and expose the roots of the teeth. Root surfaces are not covered by enamel and they decay much more easily, and the fluoride also strengthens that part of the tooth structure. It also reduces hypersensitivity, and with receding gums exposing root surfaces, fluoride will help to diminish that sensitivity that the patient experiences.
Fluoride is available in many ways. Our office uses both fluoride varnishes and foam, the latter of which is placed in a tray that the patient briefly wears following a tooth cleaning. We also offer take-home, prescription toothpastes for when children have braces or when adults have a lot of decay. This toothpaste also aids in staving off sensitivity from receding gums, gum surgery, and procedures that expose the root surfaces of the teeth. We strongly recommend that children receive treatments, as the treatments strengthen the enamel and make the teeth more resistant to decay.
If you would like your children to receive treatments, please call our Buffalo dentist to set up an appointment with experienced Buffalo dentists.