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Fluoride Treatments – Carrollton, TX

Protect Small Smiles From Dental Decay

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As a parent, your greatest concern is that your child has all the tools and knowledge they need to remain happy and healthy through adulthood. Even if they brush and floss regularly, some children may still develop cavities and plaque buildup that can wreak havoc on their small, fragile teeth. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps restore damaged tooth enamel and fortify your child’s oral health. Because their mouth is still developing, making sure that their teeth are healthy is important. Paired with a good oral hygiene routine and regular checkups and cleanings with your family dentist, Dr. Durga Devarakonda, fluoride treatments can keep your little one’s mouth protected from oral health problems.

What is Fluoride?

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Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps prevent cavities and can repair the protective layer of teeth. It’s typically found in topical and systemic forms and can either be applied directly to the teeth or swallowed. Some examples include toothpaste, mouthwash, and consumed in water and dietary supplements. There is such thing as too much fluoride though, so it’s important to speak to your family dentist about whether or not they believe your child is receiving enough before you give them more. 

Why Do Dentists Recommend Fluoride Treatments?

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Dr. Devarakonda recommends fluoride treatment for children who aren’t getting enough at home to prevent cavities and remineralize their teeth. This mineral helps harden the enamel on baby and adult teeth before they break through the gums. Even after your child’s adult teeth have appeared, fluoride can still help protect them from cavities.

Enamel erosion takes place because of naturally occurring acids in your mouth that cause demineralization along with the consumption of certain foods and beverages. Fluoride can help redeposit this lost enamel, hardening and strengthening their pearly whites.

How Can I Know if My Child is Getting Enough Fluoride?

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To ensure that your child is getting enough fluoride, check to see if the area you live in has fluoridated water. Also, be sure that they are using toothpaste and oral health products that also contain it. If your community’s water source isn’t fluoridated, speak to Dr. Devarakonda about fluoride treatments. She can let you know how much is enough to keep their teeth healthy and ward off any threat of cavities.

These treatments are fast and easy, so you won’t have to worry about your child becoming bored, anxious, or restless during their appointment. In just a few minutes, we apply a topical fluoride that can protect their teeth from infections. If you have any additional questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact our office! One of our dental professionals will be more than happy to put your worries to rest.