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Fluoride Treatment – Garland, TX

Protecting Young Teeth from Tooth Decay

Tooth decay can develop starting at an early age. If your child doesn’t practice good oral habits at home, this could be problematic for their teeth and gums, especially when it comes to cavities. To protect their teeth from harmful bacteria, Dr. Hoang, a pediatric dentist, recommends a fluoride treatment. This quick and painless application will serve as a barrier, keeping bad bacteria out and encouraging strong tooth enamel.

How Does Fluoride Work?

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If you want to combat cavities, there is no better option than fluoride. This natural substance helps to strengthen tooth enamel and fight off harmful bacteria and acids in the mouth. Oftentimes, children don’t eat the healthiest foods or drink the most beneficial beverages, which means their teeth are exposed to sugar and bacteria. If this happens too often and proper brushing is avoided, the bacteria will slowly wear through the enamel of your child’s teeth. This will create small holes, also known as cavities.

By administering a fluoride treatment, you can prevent this type of bacteria from penetrating the various layers of your child’s teeth.

What Can My Child Expect?

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If your child is scared about the idea of having a fluoride treatment, we will work with you to remind them there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of. Fluoride treatments are quick and painless, making it a pleasant experience for your little one.

Once their teeth are cleaned, your pediatric dentist will apply a fluoride varnish to their teeth. It will quickly dry, but your child should not plan to eat or drink anything for about 20 minutes after it is applied.

Because this method of treatment is recommended at semi-annual appointments, this application can prevent close to 33% of cavities in primary teeth if applied regularly.

Promote a Cavity-Free Smile

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Unfortunately, fluoride treatments are just one aspect of maintaining a healthy smile. Your child will need to practice a few other habits in order to keep their teeth cavity-free. To help them, here are a few tips:

  • Opt for water with fluoride in it instead of fruit juices or sodas
  • Discuss dental sealants with Dr. Hoang
  • Make sure they are brushing their teeth twice a day for two full minutes
  • Have your child use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
  • Encourage your child to floss at least once a day
  • Limit their exposure to foods and drinks that contain sugar
  • Make sure to take them to see their pediatric dentist twice a year

Schedule an Appointment

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Dr. Hoang and her team are dedicated to helping your child maintain a healthy smile, so if you’re searching for a “pediatric dentist near me,” look no further than Shiny Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.