Fluoride is a natural mineral found in food and water supplies. It is said that water that has 0.7 to 1.2 parts of fluoride have the best effect. It has amazing dental health benefits that even people in other countries are fond of adding it to their table salt and milk. Fish and tea are its good sources. A cup of tea contains 0.3 to 0.5 milligrams of fluoride, and when consumed with milk, the teeth will also benefit from the calcium. Today, fluoride is widely used in different oral care products such as toothpaste and mouthwash. Fluoridated kinds of toothpaste are recommended by the dentist to protect and strengthen the teeth. Its dental benefits are enormous that there is even a topical fluoride treatment made available by every dental clinic. We at Proscia Dental provides fluoride treatment under our Pediatric Dentistry services. Since tooth decay is most common to children, we make sure to help our young patients protect their teeth by fluoride application.
Fluoride can be acquired in two forms; systemic or topical. The systemic form of obtaining fluoride is by swallowing fluoridated water or dietary supplements. The topical way, on the other hand, are those that require a direct application of fluoride to the teeth through toothpaste, mouthwash, or fluoride treatment by the dentist. For children who have moderate to high risk of developing dental caries, professional dental treatment is needed since they offer a much stronger concentration of fluoride. The application may be in the form of a gel or varnish. The gel is flavored and not abrasive. However, it is not recommended for children younger than six years; a varnish with a smaller quantity of fluoride is preferred instead. Benefits of fluoride include:
During the procedure, the dentist will typically apply the gel or varnish with a cotton swab or brush and place it in a tray where the patients will then hold it with their mouth for several minutes. Children are advised to set a fluoride treatment appointment at the dentist every six or twelve months depending on their oral health status.Proscia Dental is always ready to take action involving you and your child’s oral health. If you want to experience secure and more child-friendly Pediatric Dentistry services in Bonita Springs, FL, book your appointment at 9136 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.