Kurt Halum Pediatric Dentistry

reduce the risk of cavities

Fluoride Treatments

Here at Dentistry for Children we pride ourselves on operating a prevention focused practice, meaning we offer many products and services with prevention in mind to keep your child’s smile cavity free through adolescence! Fluoride based products and services are a conservative front line approach in not only preventing cavities but stopping them from getting worse!

Tooth enamel is dissolved and replaced constantly in the mouth, and fluoride makes that replacement material much stronger. Research indicates fluoride can help prevent cavities by:

  • Making the tooth enamel stronger to protect against acids in the mouth formed by bacteria, fed by sugar.
  • Helping reduce the amount of bacteria that stays on the tooth surface.

Water fluoridation is a common practice in U.S. public water systems. However, bottled water, home treatment systems and private well water may not be fluoridated. The use of fluoride toothpaste and mouthwashes and a diet that includes foods with natural fluoride may be sufficient. However, children under 6 with any history of decay and older children with a few cavities and other risk factors are at moderate to high risk for decay and may benefit from professional fluoride applications. Dr. Halum recommends our professional strength fluoride varnish every 6 months. We also have a take home stannous fluoride gel (for brush on cavity prevention treatment) available for sale, ask our staff for more details.