Pediatric Dental Fluoride Treatments

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At Novato Children's Dentistry, we understand the importance of strong, healthy teeth for children. Our fluoride treatments are specifically designed to prevent and protect young smiles from decay and promote overall oral health.

Fluoride is a natural mineral known for its remarkable ability to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities, and plays a crucial role in maintaining your child's oral health.

Our experienced pediatric dental team explains how fluoride treatments, along with good oral hygiene practices, can be an essential part of your child's dental care regimen.

Below, we delve into the various forms of fluoride, including those found in toothpaste, drinking water, and professional treatments, emphasizing how each contributes to a stronger, healthier smile for your child.

Understanding Dental Fluoride In Children

Fluoride is a mineral which naturally resides in our soil, water, and food in small amounts. When fluoride is applied topically and ingested in appropriate amounts between the ages of 6 months and 16 years, tooth enamel can become stronger and more resistant to dental caries. 

The fluoridation of our public water systems is known to prevent tooth decay and is considered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Although most of Marin County’s public water is fluoridated, Novato’s water is NOT fluoridated as we receive our water from Sonoma County. 

Dr. Espinosa and Dr. DeSimini will discuss fluoride application for your child based on his or her individual needs. If you prefer not to use fluoride in office or via over the counter products please let us know as diet and hygiene recommendations may change.

The Benefits of Fluoride Treatments for Children

  1. Cavity Prevention: Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens tooth enamel, making it more resistant to acid from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth, thereby preventing cavities.
  2. Repairing Minor Tooth Decay: In its early stages, fluoride can harden small cavities or decalcifications and prevent the need for more extensive dental treatment.
  3. Safe and Effective: Fluoride treatments are a safe and effective part of your child’s dental care regimen, recommended by dental health organizations.

Our Child-Friendly Fluoride Treatment Process

  • Gentle Application: Our fluoride treatments are quick and painless. The fluoride is applied to the teeth in a varnish form, which sticks to the teeth, and then left on for at least 30 minutes to allow for full absorption and prevention.
  • Customized Care: We assess each child’s risk for tooth decay and recommend a fluoride treatment plan tailored to their specific needs.
  • Educational Approach: Our team provides education about the importance of fluoride, both in professional treatments and in everyday oral hygiene, emphasizing the role of fluoride toothpaste and fluoridated water.

When Do Children Need Fluoride Treatments?

Regular Dental Visits: We often include fluoride treatments as a routine part of a child’s dental check-up, especially if they are at a higher risk of developing cavities.

Individual Needs: Children with certain conditions, such as weak enamel, wearing orthodontic braces, or a history of cavities will benefit from more frequent fluoride treatments.

Ensuring a Safe Fluoride Experience

  • Adherence to Guidelines: We strictly adhere to the recommended guidelines for fluoride application, ensuring that each treatment is safe and effective for your child.
  • Monitoring and Adjustments: Our team continuously monitors your child’s fluoride exposure from all sources and adjusts our treatments accordingly to maintain optimal oral health.

Schedule Your Child's Fluoride Treatment

Join us at Novato Children's Dentistry to give your child the gift of a stronger, healthier smile. Schedule a fluoride treatment as part of your child's regular dental care and take a proactive step towards preventing dental decay.