Fluoride Treatment for Children in NYC
Fluoride treatment may be performed in conjunction with a child’s dental cleaning at Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in NYC. Depending on a patient’s individual needs, the appropriate fluoride treatment will be recommended in order to help keep teeth cavity-free. Our Upper East Side pediatric dentistry has been promoting preventative dental care to make children’s teeth healthier and brighter since 1986. Learn more about our fluoride treatments below, or request an appointment online.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay in patients of all ages. It is found in water sources, certain foods (e.g. meat, fish, and eggs), and in toothpaste, oral rinses, and professional treatments from your dentist. Sufficient fluoride treatment is important during childhood years to ensure extra protection against cavities in developing teeth.
When is fluoride recommended?
Our pediatric dentists will use fluoride treatments for patients who are at an increased risk of tooth decay, including those with:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Active cavities
- White spots due to braces
- Poor diet
- Tooth enamel defects
- Beginning stages of cavities
What does fluoride treatment for children involve?
Fluoride treatments are administered at our office. Fluoride is applied to the teeth in gel, foam or varnish form, either via a tray or painted directly onto the teeth. Children may also be given fluoride supplements to take in small doses each day, especially if there is not a sufficient amount of fluoride in their regular water supply. In some cases, our dentists may recommend a prescription fluoride gel to use at home to decrease tooth decay.
After most fluoride treatments, patients should refrain from eating or drinking certain foods for a short period of time in order to increase the fluoride’s direct contact with the teeth. Depending on each patient’s individual needs, fluoride treatments may be repeated every three, six or 12 months.
If you need to schedule a visit for your child or want to learn more about fluoride treatment, call our office at (212) 879-6518 or request an appointment at Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics by filling out the form on this page.