Cleanings / Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride treatment has been a thing since back in the 1930's when dentists discovered that there were 66 percent fewer cavities in people who drank fluoridated water than those who didn't. Since children are significantly more likely to develop cavities than adults due to poor hygiene practices, parents are advised to get their children fluoridated toothpaste and take them to routine fluoride treatments at pediatric dental care centers.
For some reason, however, fluoride treatment is not that popular among 21st century parents due to the possibility of staining and emergence of white specks on teeth and compromised bone homeostasis if used in excessive amounts.
While those are legitimate fears, they do not outweigh the numerous benefits fluoride treatments offer your child. This is particularly true if you let a qualified dentist handle the administrations.
Fluoride works by making up for lost minerals on the surfaces of your child's teeth. It also helps inhibit thriving of harmful bacteria by depriving them of a breeding ground, hence further preventing cavities.
The treatment may not restore the structure of a decay-damaged tooth but it can prevent the decay from causing further damage.
The earlier you introduce your child to fluoride treatments, the more unlikely they are to develop cavities. A recent study shows that fluoride treatments reduce the likelihood of developing cavities by a whopping 43% if used for just one year.
Recommended fluoride intake
Dentists recommend the following daily amounts:
- 0.1 – 1.5 milligrams (mg) for children up to three years old
- 1 – 2.5 mg for children between 4 and 6 years old
- 1.5 – 2.5 mg for children 7 to 10 years of age
- 1.5 – 4 mg for adolescents and adults
The most important thing as regards fluoride treatment is to ensure there is a qualified dentist at the center of it. Get in touch with our dentist at All Kids Dentistry to determine the best course of action for your child's oral care needs. Also ensure you schedule semi-annual teeth cleaning appointments to keep cavities and other oral complications at bay.