At Jamboree Dental, we offer our patients fluoride treatments as part of our goal to
provide total dental care. Fluoride is important for everyone and their teeth, but is
especially important for children. Easy and affordable, this treatment is recommended
by our dentists for all children and teens every six months.
Fluoride to Protect Teeth
Children and teens are advised to brush and floss their teeth at least twice each day.
They should see us every six months for a checkup, but they also need fluoride
treatments to prevent cavities and tooth decay. It is a great way to keep your child’s
teeth healthy and strong for life. This treatment has been proven highly useful in
inhibiting cavities and decay in the teeth because it coats the surface of the teeth. This
prevents plaque from accumulating and becoming hard on the surface of the tooth,
which can cause cavities as well as gum disease. Remember, keeping plaque away
helps prevent decay!
Different Varieties of Fluoride
Fluoride treatment is available in two types of applications: systemic and topical.
Systemic treatment enters your body through food or drink. In fact, the public water
supply has fluoride added in most cities today. When teeth are forming under the gums,
fluoride helps to strengthen the tooth enamel and make the teeth stronger and more
resistant to developing cavities. Topical treatment is probably most familiar. In this
approach, a fluoridated substance is applied to the surface of the tooth to prevent
cavities on teeth that are already present in your child’s mouth. Fluoride is also
contained in toothpaste and mouthwash that you can use at home, but only in very
Fluoride Treatment at Our Office
The fluoride your child or teen will receive at our office is quick and easy. Gel is quickly
applied to all exposed surfaces of the tooth below the gum line. Afterwards, your child
simply avoids brushing their teeth or eating or drinking anything for at least a half hour.
This helps the fluoride to be absorbed by your child’s teeth. The rule of thumb is that
this treatment should be applied every 6 months, but the dentist may recommend more
frequently treatment in some cases. The dentist may also recommend a
prescription-strength fluoride treatment to be used at home.
If you have any questions about the importance of fluoride in the treatment of your child
or for your family’s health overall, please talk to one of our dentists on your next visit.
They are always happy to answer any questions you may have!