The benefits of fluoride have been extolled for decades and are widely supported by health and professional organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Topical fluoride works by seeping into the outer enamel surface of the teeth and strengthening them against decay. Topical fluoride is found in toothpaste, mouth rinses, and oral gels. Dr. Bakhtyari and the dental hygienists at Premier Dental Care in Herndon recommend that most all children receive a professional topical application of fluoride during regular dental check-ups (every 6 months). It is especially important to treat children that are cavity prone. Sometimes, systemic fluoride drops are recommended for infants and in tablet form for children up to thirteen years of age.
Note: It is important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a typical child ingests. A condition called fluorosis may occur if too much fluoride is consumed during teeth development and may lead to white spots on the teeth.
It is important to remember that fluoride treatments alone will not prevent tooth decay. Dr. Bakhtyari and the hygienists at Premier Dental Care recommend that all our patients brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals that are low in sugar, and visit our Herndon office on a regular basis.