What is Fluoride and Why is it Important for My Teeth?
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay by coating your teeth and preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the surface of your teeth.
Fluoride Comes in Two Varieties – Topical and Systemic
- Topical fluoride is applied directly to the tooth and includes toothpastes and mouth rinses and professional fluoride treatments. At Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry we generally apply a topical fluoride varnish at every cleaning appointment.
- Systemic (pill-form) fluorides are generally prescribed by your dentist or pediatrician in communities where inadequate fluoride exists in the water supply, as is the case in many communities in the greater Wichita area. Please consult the team at Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry in order to assess your child’s need for a systemic fluoride prescription.
About Fluoride Treatments at Tiny Teeth
A fluoride treatment at Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, your child may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 10 to 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or our recommendation, your child may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months. We may also prescribe an at-home fluoride product such as a mouthwash, gel, or antibacterial rinse.
How to Choose the Right Fluoride Product
When choosing your own at-home fluoride product (such as toothpaste or mouthwash), always check for the American Dental Association's (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with this seal have been carefully examined by the ADA, and approved based on safety and effectiveness. Take care of your teeth and smile bright with dental fluoride treatments!