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Why Your Child Needs Fluoride Treatments

Odds are, if you've taken your child to the dentist, they probably ask permission to do a fluoride treatment for your child. But what exactly is this dental treatment? And is it necessary? Kids Choice Dental  is a local dentist in Denver with locations in Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, and Wheat Ridge. Below, we'll take a look at some of the reasons your child needs fluoride treatments. Get in touch today.

What is a Fluoride Treatment?

Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found in rocks and groundwater. This mineral helps to fortify enamel, making it stronger and better able to resist bacteria that can cause cavities. A fluoride treatment is when your local dentist applies fluoride to your teeth in order to help strengthen teeth.

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When Are Fluoride Treatments for Kids Necessary?

Fluoride treatments are usually recommended at every dental checkup, which is normally every six months. This can help prevent tooth decay and even help reverse tooth decay that may have already formed.

Are Fluoride Treatments Safe?

Fluoride treatments are perfectly safe for children of all ages. The amount that your dentist uses is small, and the fluoride treatment hardens before your child can swallow any. It is then brushed off the next time your child brushes their teeth, leaving no lingering fluoride in the mouth.

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child brushing teeth in bathroom

Are There Any Special Steps to Take After a Fluoride Treatment?

You should allow the fluoride treatment to stay on your child's teeth between four and six hours. They may eat and drink after a fluoride treatment, but avoid exceptionally hot food and drinks. Then, brush the teeth as normal.


Kids Choice Dental aims to be your go-to pediatric dentist in Denver. Our experienced and highly-trained dentists are passionate about helping kids have the best possible oral health. Schedule your dental appointment today!

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