Billings Pediatric Fluoride Treatments
Long-Term Cavity Protection
Fluoride is a mineral which increases tooth enamel strength and increases
resistance to acid that causes tooth decay. Most people ingest fluoride
naturally over the course of their lives from dental treatments and drinking
water. One of the best parts of fluoride is that the results are long-lasting.
The increased enamel strength will last for years to come. The fluoride
your child receives from diet will start manifesting in saliva, and will
continually strengthen tooth enamel over time.
Are There Any Dangers to Fluoride?
Fluoride is very safe and has numerous benefits. In fact, it has become
common practice to add fluoride to public drinking water. That said, it
is important to make sure your child is not consuming too much fluoride
as this can lead to a rare condition known as fluorosis. Fluorosis is
not dangerous or painful, but it does leave permanent pits and stains
in teeth that can only be covered with cosmetic dentistry.
A child would have to consume excessive amounts of fluoride to develop
fluorosis. You do not need to take any extreme measures to prevent it,
like limiting their drinking water. Just make sure they aren’t swallowing
toothpaste or mouthwash, and make sure your dentist is aware of the last
time they received topical fluoride treatment.
Fluoride Treatments at Brewer Dental Center
Children who are not receiving adequate fluoride from their diet can benefit
from fluoride treatments. In this simple procedure, fluoride is applied
to the child’s teeth through a gel, foam, or varnish. We leave the
fluoride there for no more than five minutes.
We can provide fluoride treatment for your child today. First, we will
review diet and examine their teeth to ensure that fluoride treatment
is needed. If so, this procedure can be done in just a few minutes and
has no side effects.
Call us at (406) 412-6365 to schedule a consultation. We offer same-day