Dental Tips Blog

May
15

Why Did the Pediatric Dentist Prescribe Fluoride for My Child?

There’s fluoride in toothpaste, fluoride in mouthwash, and fluoride in tap water…so why did the pediatric dentist just advise for your child to start using a prescription strength fluoride before bed each night?

Here are a few reasons why it might be the case:

There’s a cavity starting to form. If caught early enough, enamel demineralization can be reversed before it completely evolves into an active cavity (hole) in the tooth. Adding extra minerals back into the tooth can help the weak spot to remineralize. 

Your child recently got braces. It’s hard to clean around orthodontic appliances, so adding fluoride can help to prevent those dreaded “white circles” that pop up when plaque hangs out around fixed brackets on the teeth. 

Fluoride levels in the water aren’t regulated. If you’re using well water or live in a certain area where fluoride isn’t controlled in the water supply, it’s important for your child to get the recommended amount while his or her teeth are still growing. 

They’ve had several cavities lately. Maybe all of your child’s cavities have been filled and there aren’t any more fillings left on the treatment plan. But the fact is that cavity-causing bacteria are still hiding somewhere in their mouth, and since your child is prone to getting more cavities than normal, upping the fluoride use each day can help prevent new tooth decay from forming.

Prescription fluoride for daily use is different than the single fluoride treatment that’s applied to your child’s teeth after they’ve had a cleaning. Talk to your pediatric dentist to learn more about the types of fluoride and what they’re used for.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

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