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Fluoride Treatment

When the element fluoride is used in small amounts on a routine basis it helps to prevent tooth decay. It encourages "remineralization," a strengthening of weak areas on the teeth. These spots are the beginning of cavity formation. Fluoride is present in many different foods, as well as dental products such as toothpastes and mouth rinses, however there is no fluoride present in the Suffolk County water supply.

Children between the ages of six months and 16 years are recommended to supplement their diets with fluoride vitamins such as poly vi-flor.

Your child should use toothpaste with fluoride and the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. Young children, especially pre-school aged children, should not swallow any toothpaste. Careful supervision and only a small pea-sized amount on the brush are recommended. If not monitored, children may easily swallow over four times the recommended daily amount of fluoride in toothpaste.

Topical fluoride at our office

Topical fluoride comes in a number of different forms. Gels and foams are placed in fluoride trays and applied at the dental office after your child's teeth have been thoroughly cleaned.

This fluoride can stop cavities from forming. It is important not to eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after your child has been treated. Children who benefit the most from fluoride are those at highest risk for dental decay.

Risk factors include:

  • A history of decay

  • High sucrose carbohydrate diet

  • Orthodontic appliances

  • Certain medical conditions such as dry mouth