At Boerne Orthodontics, your child’s oral health is our top priority. That’s why as your Boerne and Fair Oaks pediatric dentist, we’re proud to offer superior dental and orthodontic care to help your child achieve their healthiest smile. Through expert dental treatments and services, Dr. Alfonsofvand, Dr. Hensley, and Dr. Balkos work to create the healthiest teeth and gums for children. Continue reading to learn about our fluoride application treatment and why it’s important.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is essential for proper tooth development as well as the prevention of tooth decay. One of the major sources of fluoride is actually in the water that you drink. Most public water supplies contain fluoride, which means that you can boost the health of your teeth simply by drinking water. However, not everyone has access to fluoridated water, and in some cases, water alone may not be enough.
In these situations, we may recommend fluoride supplements for your child. Many kinds of toothpaste contain fluoride, which are great ways to make sure that your children’s teeth receive the fluoride exposure they need. Use only a pea-sized amount for children between the ages of two and six. Children under age 2 just need a tiny smear.
At Boerne Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Hensley and Dr. Balkos can provide topical fluoride applications in our dental office. It is painted right onto your child’s teeth and left to sit for a few minutes to take effect.
Tooth enamel is constantly under attack from acids which come either directly from acidic foods and drinks, or from oral bacteria that feed on sugar that is not cleaned from the mouth. Cavities form when acid eats through tooth enamel. However, when fluoride is present, it hardens enamel and makes it much more resistant to these acid attacks, keeping your teeth healthy and strong. Fluoride is even capable of repairing small cavities that are already starting to form.