You have probably noticed that your toothpaste contains fluoride. In fact, many municipal water supplies throughout the United States have very low amounts of fluoride added as a public health measure. Fluoride is a mineral that can be found in many foods. Although fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found throughout the world, many patients may be surprised to learn that exposure to fluoride is one of the best ways to safeguard against tooth decay—especially among children. As a preventive measure against cavities, your pediatric dentist may administer fluoride treatments from time to time.
Although fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found throughout the world, many patients may be surprised to learn that exposure to fluoride is one of the best ways to safeguard against tooth decay—especially among children.
Applied in the form of a varnish, gel, or foam, a fluoride treatment strengthens tooth enamel. As a protective layer on the outside of teeth, enamel is one of the hardest substances on earth. However, enamel is not impervious to damage. Strong acids from certain foods and beverages along with the acids produced by bacteria can strip away protective minerals in tooth enamel. Over time, damaged or worn down enamel is incapable of protecting the sensitive interior structures of teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.
Left on the teeth during a short office visit, fluoride treatments work by replenishing the structure of tooth enamel. Additionally, fluoride treatments help attract other essential minerals to teeth as well. Fluoride treatments are non-invasive and available in a variety of flavors that appeal to children.
By taking a proactive stance on kid’s dental health, frequent visits to your pediatric dentist offer more than professionally cleaned teeth. With frequent checkups and preventive services such as fluoride treatments, the incidence of tooth decay among children and adolescents can be significantly diminished.
When it comes to home care, our team recommends choosing ADA-approved toothpaste that contains fluoride for your family. Monitoring your child’s oral hygiene regimen will also help established healthy hygiene habits early on.
To learn more about fluoride treatments and cavity prevention, call our team at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry to schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentists.
When it comes to oral surgery procedures such as correcting developmental abnormalities or lengthy restorative procedures, properly administered sedation helps ensure patient relaxation, comfort, and tolerance for a timely visit to the dentist. Furthermore, sedation administered through an IV is especially useful for children with special needs or significant dental anxiety. Your kid’s dentist offers IV sedation to promote optimal patient comfort.
This type of sedation involves the administration of prescription medication intravenously. The medication used for sedation belongs to a family of medications that work specifically to reduce anxiety by attaching to the GABA receptors in the brain and slowing the central nervous system down to a more restful state. Your pediatric anesthesiologist will determine the level of dosage on an individual basis so that your child only receives the amount of medication needed.
In pediatric dentistry, dentists take special care to develop a bond with your child to help reduce the likelihood of he or she developing dental phobias in the future. For complex procedures, children often have difficulty staying patient and calm during a long visit to their pediatric dentist. In this instance, IV sedation may be applicable because it will ease your child’s fears along with promoting a peaceful experience.
An additional benefit to your kid’s dentist using IV sedation is that your child will have minimal or no recollection of the procedure after the medicine has worn off. Unlike general anesthesia, IV sedation does not compromise the child’s breathing passageways. This benefit is optimal for performing oral health procedures.
If your child is in need of complex oral surgery or dental work, consider asking about your sedation options with your dentist. Be sure to discuss your child’s overall health and medical history as well.
Our team of pediatric dentists strive to provide a child-friendly, nurturing environment. To learn more about pediatric dental services along with information on services dedicated to patient comfort, contact our office at 817-569-6633 today to schedule an appointment.
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