What is a fluoride treatment?
Dental office fluoride treatments are commonly given to children as their teeth are developing. Children who have a history of cavities or are at a high risk of decay require additional fluoride treatments. The treatments provide extra protection, even if the child is drinking fluoridated water. Fluoride treatment can help prevent decay in children and adults both. Children can get fluoride treatments every six months. Any individual who is at a risk of dental decay is a good candidate for fluoride treatment.
Which are the different fluoride treatments provided by dentists?
The fluoride treatment received at a dental office has a higher amount of fluoride than off-the-counter products like toothpaste and mouth washes. These include fluoride gels and foams, varnishes, supplements and rinses.
How do fluoride gels work?
These gels are applied to the teeth using a tray for about 1 to 4 minutes. Two common professionally used gels are acidulated phosphate fluoride and neutral sodium fluoride.
What are fluoride varnishes?
Varnishes contain a high concentration of fluoride. The fluoride varnish is painted directly with a small brush on parts of the teeth that are more likely to have a cavity, to strengthen them.
Fluoride supplements are meant for children of what age?
Fluoride supplements are available as liquids or drops for younger children, and as tablets for older children. Fluoride supplements are usually prescribed for children between 6 months and 16 years of age, who have low levels of fluoride in their drinking water. They are taken in small quantities; the amount depends on the child's age and the amount of fluoride in the drinking water supply.
What is the use of fluoride mouth rinses?
Prescription fluoride rinses which have a higher level of fluoride are available. They can also help in children with a history of cavities or a high risk of decay. They are prescribed to children above the age of 6.