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Fluoride Treatments


Fluoride Treatments

Young boy patiently keeping his mouth open while his female dental assistant applies fluoride at MVP Smiles in Gaithersburg, MDYour child deserves the most beautiful smile, and it starts with healthy teeth.

Fluoride treatments can help protect your children's tooth enamel by preventing decay that leads to cavities and their pearly whites.

Schedule an appointment today with MVP Smiles if you want more information on how this treatment could make a difference in your child's oral health!

What is Fluoride Treatment?

Fluoride treatments for children are administered quickly and painlessly.

They usually consist of painting a varnish onto the teeth. It is sticky and yellow with a pleasant taste. Your child should refrain from eating or drinking anything after the application of the varnish until it hardens, usually around 30 minutes.

Benefits of Fluoride Treatment

Between the ages of six and 16 when your child's adult teeth are emerging it is crucial to expose them to fluoride as it strengthens developing teeth and protects them against decay.

The advantages of fluoride treatments far outweigh the negatives, particularly if your child is at an increased risk of tooth decay.

Fluoride is beneficial in protecting tooth enamel against damage. The minerals strengthen enamel to keep it resilient to the negative effects of bacterial plaque and prevent cavities.

Fluoride can reverse the early signs of tooth decay.

Are There Any Risks?

Fluoride can have negative consequences, and like any medication, it has risks if it is not applied correctly.

Anyone can have too much fluoride—either by overdosing accidentally or being prescribed doses too high. Chronic exposure to fluoride in children can harm developing teeth and bones—which is one reason that children's toothpaste is often fluoride-free.

Although fluoride poisoning is rare, too much fluoride can cause white specks, pitting, and staining on the teeth.

Fluoride toxicity can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, excessive sweating, and tiredness so it is essential you let your child know that toothpaste should not be swallowed.

Fluoride Treatments for Kids

Tooth decay is caused by plaque bacteria that feed off the sugary, starchy deposits left on our teeth from food and drinks. The sticky deposits enable bacteria to adhere to the surfaces of the teeth and provide a hospitable environment for them to multiply.

Bacteria produce acid as a waste product which attacks tooth enamel and irritates gums.

The tooth enamel becomes weakened with decay and if it is not removed, the bacteria can eventually gain access to the soft pulp in the center of the tooth.

Here, the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues become infected and pulpotomy (baby root canal) may be required to save the tooth.

Other Reasons Fluoride May Be Used

Fluoride treatments are advised for children and adults with conditions such as dry mouth, gum disease, and a history of frequent cavities. It is proven to help remineralize the surfaces of the teeth and add strength, thus preventing cavities and the need for tooth fillings.

Fluoride can also reduce sensitivity to hot and cold—a common problem for people with gum recession.

Fluoride Treatments in Gaithersburg MD

Find out more about kid's fluoride treatments from our pediatric team at MVP Smiles. Call us at (240) 981-4020 to schedule an appointment!

Monday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tues & Wed 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday: By appointment only *
Sunday: Closed

*1 Sat per Month during the school year for orthodontic patients
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Fluoride Treatments Gaithersburg, MD • Pediatric Dentist
Protect your child's developing teeth with fluoride treatment administered by our pediatric dentists in Gaithersburg, MD – call today to schedule an appointment!
MVP Smiles, 806 W. Diamond Ave. Suite 250, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 ~ (240) 981-4020 ~ ~ 7/4/2024 ~ Related Phrases: pediatric dentist Gaithersburg ~