Fluoride Treatments – Azle, TX
Keeping Your Children Safe from Cavities
No matter how hard you work to make sure your child eats the right foods and brushes on a regular basis, you won’t always be around to make sure they’re keeping they’re teeth safe 24/7. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your little one’s smile is as well-protected from cavities as possible. To that end, make sure to ask Drs. Frank and Jodie Rubal about having a fluoride treatment performed at your child’s next preventive checkup.
Why Choose Rubal Dentistry for Fluoride Treatments?
- Compassionate, Caring Dentists
- Child-Friendly Environment
- Dental Insurance Accepted
What is Fluoride?
You’ve probably heard of fluoride. It’s an extremely common naturally occurring mineral that can be found in all kinds of water sources. In the early 20th century, it was found that fluoride was an excellent protector of enamel, the hard substance that covers your teeth. Effectively, it makes the enamel more resistant against bacteria and acids that can wear it down. Fluoride can make an especially big difference in children; it helps ensure that the bones and teeth that are still developing grow strong. Remember that when enamel is lost or decayed, it can’t be naturally restored. To make sure your child grows up with the healthy natural smile they deserve, you need to make sure they’re getting a sufficient amount of fluoride.
How Fluoride Treatments Work
A fluoride treatment is a very simple and straightforward treatment. It can be done once we’ve finished cleaning and drying your child’s teeth. Then we simply apply a thin layer of fluoride varnish to all of the available surface of your child’s teeth. This treatment can easily be done as part of a regular checkup, and it won’t cause your child any pain or discomfort. There’s also very little chance of the varnish becoming mixed with the saliva; that’s because it sets on the teeth extremely quickly, where it will do the most good in bolstering the enamel’s defenses against bacterial growth.
Benefits of Fluoride Treatment
Think of fluoride as insurance for your child’s teeth. It’s there in case something goes wrong with their oral health routine, such as days where they drink more soda than usual, or evenings when they forget to brush their teeth. Fluoride doesn’t completely eliminate the risk of cavities, but it does significantly lower the chances of tooth decay. In fact, children who have been treated with fluoride have been found to be 43% less likely to suffer from cavities. Not only is this good news for their long-term oral health, but it’s also a relief for parents who might otherwise have to pay for fillings and other restorative treatments.
Caring for Your Child’s Teeth Afterwards
Of course, even with fluoride treatment, there’s no substitute for good oral hygiene practices. Make sure that you continue to keep an eye on your child’s habits, and remind them to brush and floss at least two times every day. You should also make sure they continue visiting our office semi-annually for continued preventive care.