Why Fluoride Treatments Are Important to Your Child’s Health
According to NJ pediatric dentist, Dr Diane Baldwin, adequate levels of fluoride is important for a child’s dental health. Fluoride is necessary to help fight harmful bacteria and prevent tooth decay. For children, exposure to fluoride at an early age strengthens the tooth enamel making it more difficult for acids and sugars to damage the teeth.
Most of the time, adequate amounts of fluoride can be found in both toothpaste and water unless the water comes from a well or has otherwise low levels. If your child is not receiving enough fluoride, a NJ pediatric dentist can perform a fluoride treatment, which consists of placing fluoride directly on the teeth as a gel or foam. Parents should talk to their pediatric dentists before giving children over the counter fluoride supplements. Too much fluoride can actually be harmful to a child’s health and may cause a condition known as fluorosis.
Fluorosis can cause spots to develop on a child’s adult teeth.
A NJ pediatric dentist like Dr. Baldwin can create an oral health plan for a child including fluoride treatments, if needed. Speak to Dr Diane Baldwin to see if a fluoride treatment is necessary for your child. In addition to fluoride treatments, Dr. Baldwin offers routine exams, pulpotomy (baby root canal), stainless steel crowns, fillings and restorations, extractions, cleanings, X-rays, consultations and second opinions.