Fluoride Treatment

Not sure if fluoride treatments are a good choice for your child? Dr. Alicia Rix at Rix Pediatric Dentistry, share several benefits of the treatment.

Why are fluoride treatments recommended?

Fluoride helps protect your child from developing cavities. It's found naturally in eggs, milk, water, fruits and vegetables and is added to toothpastes and mouthwashes. Although fluoride is present in foods and beverages, the levels aren't high enough to adequately protect teeth. Fluoride treatments help augment the fluoride your son or daughter gets naturally and makes teeth more resistant to decay.

Fluoride treatments offer a simple, inexpensive way to prevent damage caused when acids attack tooth enamel. The treatments also remineralize and strengthen weak areas of enamel that are most susceptible to tooth decay. Children are at increased risk of developing cavities because it takes a little while for the enamel on newly erupted teeth to become strong.

Is fluoride treatment effective?

Fluoride reduces tooth decay by 50 to 70 percent, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Cavities may seem like a minor issue, but they can destroy a significant amount of tooth structure, which may increase the risk that your child will need root canal treatment or crowns in the future. Fluoride treatments offer a safe, effective way to prevent your son or daughter from painful cavities.

How does my child receive fluoride treatments?

Fluoride treatments are quick and painless. Your child's dentist applies the liquid, foam or gel that contains the fluoride with a brush or cotton swab. The entire process only takes minutes. After you leave the office, it's important that your son or daughter doesn't eat or drink for 30 minutes to allow enough time for the teeth to fully absorb the fluoride. Fluoride treatments are recommended every six months, although, if your child has a higher than normal risk of decay, they may need treatments every three months.

Fluoride treatments protect your child's health! Call Rix Pediatric Dentistry, at (706) 235-4723 to schedule your son or daughter's appointment.