During your child’s regular appointment with Dr. David Gustafson, Dr. Jeffery K. Rupp, and our associates, it may be a good idea to give them a fluoride treatment. This will help them combat tooth decay to ensure a healthier smile. Talk to our pediatric dentists about whether your child would benefit from a fluoride treatment in Salt Lake City, Utah, at our Holladay location, based on their needs. Call 385-378-5791 today.
Pediatric fluoride treatment is a common preventive measure that our pediatric dentists can use to help protect teeth from decay. Fluoride is a mineral that helps to strengthen tooth enamel and make it more resistant to acidity from harmful bacteria. Things to expect from a pediatric fluoride treatment include:
- Assessment: Before administering the fluoride, we will assess your child’s dental health to determine if they are at risk of tooth decay and would benefit from a fluoride treatment.
- Application: If we determine that fluoride treatment is necessary, we will apply a fluoride gel, foam or varnish to the child’s teeth using a small brush or cotton swab.
- Safety measures: We will ensure that the child does not swallow any of the fluoride solution by instructing them to spit it out after the treatment is complete. The child may be given a fluoride-free rinse to help remove any remaining solution from their mouth.
- Post-treatment: After the fluoride treatment, your child may be asked to not eat or drink for a short period of time to allow the fluoride to fully penetrate the enamel of their teeth.
Pediatric fluoride treatments are typically recommended for children who are more at risk for developing cavities, and those with a history of tooth decay. They are also recommended for those who do not receive adequate fluoride from their diet or water supply. We can determine whether fluoride treatment is appropriate for your child and how often they should receive treatment. Talk to us during your child’s visit to see whether they may need one. You can schedule your visit at Salt Lake Pediatric Dentistry by contacting our office at 385-378-5791.