We believe that fluoride works well to strengthen children’s teeth. It also has been shown to help prevent tooth decay in people of all ages.
For this reason, the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association believe that topical fluoride is necessary for good oral health.
Because of this, you may be wondering if your child needs fluoride treatments. Often water is enhanced with fluoride, so additional fluoride treatments are not necessary. However, if your water is not enhanced with fluoride, your child may need fluoride treatments. Your child may also need a fluoride treatment if he or she has symptoms like receding gums. You may also want to have your child treated if he or she wears braces or is taking medications that cause dry mouth.
Fluoride treatments can be completed at your child’s routine dental appointment. They are painless and quick, taking only a few minutes. When performing the treatment, your child’s dentist will apply gel, foam, or varnish on your child’s teeth. Treatment works best if it is done one to four times a year.
You may wonder what else you need to do in addition to getting your child regular fluoride treatments. The American Dental Association recommends drinking fluoridated water and using a toothpaste with fluoride.