Fluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs in many foods and water. It has been shown to dramatically decrease the chances of forming cavities by strengthening the tooth’s enamel against acid attacks. It can also reverse early decay. This is why, in children under six years of age, fluoride becomes an essential mineral needed to support the development of permanent teeth, making it difficult for acids to attack.
Fluoride varnish or fluoride foam can be used during a check-up or cleaning appointment. If fluoride varnish is used, children can eat right away, but should avoid very hot foods or carbonated drinks for the remainder of the day. If fluoride foam is used, children should not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after treatment.
If your child is in need of a dental checkup or a fluoride treatment, contact our office today! We would be happy to schedule your child’s appointment!
Dr. Michelle Anderson is a pediatric dentist board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.