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4 Advantages of Using Fluoride

Child brushing teeth at Grandville MI Pediatric Dentists Office

4 Advantages of Using Fluoride

Child brushing teeth at Grandville MI Pediatric Dentists Office

Being a kid should be fun and carefree. Cavities, on the other hand, do not have to play a major role in your child’s life. Fortunately, our Grandville pediatric dentists can help them avoid cavities as well as effectively treat ones already present with fluoride.

Here are 4 key advantages related to the use of fluoride for your child’s smile.

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral found in your bones and teeth. It can also naturally be found in water, soil, plants, rocks, and air. As far as dentistry is concerned, fluoride is used to help improve the health of teeth and keep pesky cavities away.

Our pediatric dentists use silver diamine fluoride as a gentle, noninvasive approach to keeping your child’s teeth in tip top shape. This quick and painless procedure not only prevents future cavities but also works to treat existing cavities. All our pediatric dentists need to do is apply the liquid fluoride directly to the surface of your child’s teeth.

Fluoride Can Help:

1. Strengthen Your Child’s Enamel

Your child isn’t likely to have thought about enamel much or considered its importance. Despite their lack of knowledge on the subject, one thing remains true: once enamel is gone, it doesn’t grow back. Weakened enamel, however, can be restored with the help of fluoride.

Let’s look at dental plaque for a moment. Plaque constantly forms on the teeth and after food or drinks are consumed, bacteria contained within plaque produces acids. Unfortunately, these acids like to attack the minerals in tooth enamel and cause demineralization, or loss of minerals.

That’s where fluoride comes in. The application of fluoride by our pediatric dentists works to remineralize your child’s tooth enamel and give it the strength it needs to fight decay.

2. Prevent Cavities

Fluoride has the nickname of “nature’s cavity fighter” for a reason. After it’s been applied at our Grandville pediatric dental office, ingested through your community water supply, or introduced with toothpaste, fluoride strengthens the outer surface of teeth and makes it more resistant to acid attacks.

In addition to fluoride, you can also help your child prevent cavities with dental sealants. These thin coatings of tooth-colored resin are brushed onto the chewing surface of your child’s back molars and protect hard to reach areas from decay.

3. Reverse Early Tooth Decay

Severe tooth decay is never good for your child’s oral health. For instance, when the decay is past the point of no return, our pediatric dentists are left to consider more extreme solutions like tooth extraction. This can be avoided thanks to fluoride.

Fluoride’s ability to remineralize weakened enamel helps create quite the defense system for teeth. Protection like this then makes your child’s teeth less susceptible to the formation of cavities.

4. Reduce Bacteria Growth

When our pediatric dentists use silver diamine fluoride, something interesting happens. The fluoride effectively kills the harmful oral bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Moreover, the application of the fluoride on any individual tooth can prevent those same bacteria from negatively affecting any surrounding teeth.

Less bad bacteria translates to there being less of a chance that your child will develop cavities or gum disease. Of course, we still recommend that you make sure your child is brushing their teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and remembering to floss once daily. Regular oral hygiene paired with our professional fluoride application will surely set your child’s smile up for success.

Ask Our Dentists About Fluoride

Make your child’s teeth strong and ready to fight off unwanted tooth decay with fluoride applied directly to their smile by our pediatric dentists in Grandville, MI. Call Grandville Pediatric Dentistry at (616) 531-3430 or contact us online to request an appointment.

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