Tooth decay is a significant dental problem for children. Kids are very susceptible to cavities and decayed teeth, which can cause extensive damage to their baby and permanent teeth. Routine oral hygiene is vital for preventing tooth decay and should be combined with regular dental checkups and cleanings. One of the other preventive dental services for children to protect their teeth is fluoride treatments. At Hollon Dental, we offer fluoride treatments for our young patients to strengthen their teeth at our clinic in Mobile, AL.
Fluoride is a mineral that has been proven to help strengthen teeth and ward off tooth decay. While fluoride is in most toothpastes and even in the water in some communities, not all kids get enough to strengthen their teeth. By adding fluoride treatments during their dental checkups, we can ensure our young patients get enough of this mineral applied directly to their teeth to help reduce cavities and tooth decay. Not only does minimizing tooth decay improve your child’s oral health, but it saves money on fillings and dental treatments.
Tooth Cavity Prevention
Fluoride can help repair weakened enamel to prevent tooth decay. While fluoride is available in oral hygiene products and some tap water, fluoride treatments for kids can ensure they get enough to protect their teeth. The treatment only takes a few minutes – a fluoride gel is placed in dental trays and applied to the teeth. To ensure the fluoride is well absorbed, no drinking or eating should occur for at least 30 minutes after the treatment.
Fluoride treatments are safe and can protect teeth from the damage caused by tooth decay. Once a cavity forms, the tooth is permanently weakened, even if the decay is removed. Regular fluoride treatments during checkups combined with routine brushing, flossing and professional cleanings can reduce the number of cavities and fillings a child may need.
Protecting your child’s smile and oral health are important to us at Hollon Dental. We welcome all new patients, especially kids, at our dental practice in Mobile, AL. Contact our pediatric office today to schedule your child’s next checkup and cleaning. Ask about fluoride treatments to prevent cavities in your child’s smile.