Fluoride Treatment for Kids in Worthington OH
Fluoride is perhaps the single most cost-effective and easily administered agent for the prevention of tooth decay for children. It acts to inhibit the demineralization of tooth enamel and enhances the remineralization of the tooth surface. It can be delivered to the teeth either systemically (ingested) or topically.
Since the early 1970s, the incidence of dental caries has continued to decline, primarily due to the benefits of community water fluoridation and topical fluoride application. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; 2015) have declared community water fluoridation as one of the top 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.
In today’s environment, a multitude of fluoride products is available. Some children may require a systemic fluoride supplement due to an unusually high risk of decay, a lack of fluoride present in the drinking water, or the disproportionate use of bottled drinking water. Other children may only require the application of topical fluoride. This could include fluoridated toothpaste; mouth rinses; and professionally applied varnishes, gels, and foams. We believe a topical fluoride application is an essential element of every professional cleaning in order to optimize the decay prevention benefits of the tooth polishing procedure. A clean tooth surface will typically absorb the greatest amount of fluoride and allow for the replenishment of a fluoride enriched enamel surface.
After a thorough evaluation of your child’s particular needs, we will recommend the appropriate supplemental fluoride products required for his unique situation. Some products may require modifications of normal application or frequency. Other products may be inappropriate due to age or other concerns. Our goal is to create a functional and individualized plan for the prevention of dental disease for your child.
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We recommend a first comprehensive dental visit including a professional cleaning at 2 to 3 years of age. This gives us the opportunity to establish good dental habits at an early age, and correct any existing problems before they become serious and result in permanent damage.
As a parent, you can play an important role in preparing your child for this visit. It is important to demonstrate positive attitudes and encouraging language when describing the dental visit. Avoid using technical terminology unfamiliar to your child to describe dental procedures. Children’s books and videos can assist you in communication by describing the dental visit utilizing age-appropriate language and visualizations. Be positive! Describe the first visit as an adventure, much like a visit to the zoo.