Fluoride treatments are a regular part of preventive oral healthcare at Upper East Side Kids Dentist.
Dr. Shiva evaluates your child’s cavity risk and other individual factors, then requests your permission, before applying the fluoride treatment. Fluoride is an extremely valuable tool to keep your child’s teeth strong, healthy, and free of cavities.
What is Fluoride and Why Do We Supplement It?
Food such as eggs, fish, and meat contain fluoride, as does drinking water. Some manufacturers also add it to toothpaste and mouthwash. Unfortunately, the amount of fluoride naturally present in food, water, and certain products doesn’t provide your child with an adequate benefit. Teeth that are still developing need extra protection to guard against tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities.
Factors to Consider in Administering a Fluoride Treatment
Certain lifestyle habits and health conditions make some children better candidates for fluoride treatments than others. These include:
- Presence of cavities, or cavities in the beginning stages
- Defects of tooth enamel
- Inadequate oral hygiene habits
- Lack of nutritious diet
- White spots on teeth after wearing braces
What to Expect When Your Child Receives a Fluoride Treatment
Dr. Shiva uses a type of varnish, foam, or gel that she either paints on your child’s teeth directly, or places in a tray, and then inserts the tray in his or her mouth. Your child should avoid eating or drinking immediately after the procedure so the fluoride doesn’t immediately wash off. She may also send you home with fluoride supplements that your child can take daily if you don’t feel there is enough natural fluoride in your water supply. Another option is to write a prescription for a fluoride gel.
We can provide your child with a fluoride treatment annually, bi-annually, or every three months, at your discretion. Dr. Shiva normally delivers the procedure at your child’s regular preventive care exam, but you may schedule a separate appointment if desired.