Healthy teeth and gums are essential for your child’s overall development and wellbeing. This is why your dentist at Dr. Joe’s will discuss good dental habits before your infant’s first tooth erupts.
Early care and timely dental exams and cleanings in Smithtown, NY can help prevent problems like tooth decay and caries. Once your young child starts developing teeth, your dentist in Smithtown, NY may suggest getting started with fluoride treatments (also called ‘fluoride varnish treatments) to stave off decay.
Fluoride treatments in Smithtown, NY can usually be done 2 to 4 times a year; the frequency may be higher for children at higher risk of cavities. Children who eat sugary foods, sticky sweets or hard candies, etc. may be at higher risk for caries. Similarly, children with poor dental hygiene may be more vulnerable to tooth decay.
Feel free to visit our office in Smithtown, NY, or call us for an appointment to get a professional evaluation done.
Dentists are trained to apply the right dose of fluoride varnish to children. It pays to take extra precautions and get fluoride treatments done as children may not be able to brush their teeth properly as adults do.
This is why the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that parents should start taking their children for regular dental exams even before the eruption of the first tooth. Fluoride treatments can help prevent, slow down, or reverse tooth decay.
However, for best results, our team recommends that fluoride treatments should be accompanied by proper brushing and flossing, good oral hygiene, and a healthy diet. Patients are welcome to meet with our trained staff for guidance regarding oral health.
The dentist will apply a thin layer of fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth, and this quickly hardens. This can be brushed off after 4 to 10 hours. Most children like the taste of the fluoride varnish. Although their teeth may appear dull or yellowish after application, the color will return to normal after brushing.
Contact Dr. Joe’s in Smithtown, NY, if you are in Huntington, Commack or the surrounding communities for more information on fluoride treatments.