Fluoride

A fluoride treatment is fast and effective. After the treatment, patients are asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.

Depending on your child’s oral health, he or she may be recommended to receive a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months. The doctors of Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates may also prescribe at-home fluoride products such as mouthwash, gels, or antibacterial rinses.

Fluoride comes in two varieties: systemic and topical:

  • Systemic fluoride is ingested, usually through a public water supply. While teeth are forming under the gums, the fluoride strengthens enamel, making it stronger and more resistant to cavities. NJ ranks 49th in the Union with fluoride in our water because only 15% of our state has fluoride in our water.
  • Fluoride can also be applied topically to help prevent caries (cavities) on teeth. It is delivered through toothpaste, mouthwash, and professional fluoride applications. Professional application of topical fluoride rinse and varnishes are also valuable tools in cavity prevention. The doctors of Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates advise most children have an in-office treatment every six months.

Receiving a Fluoride Treatment From Your Dentist

A fluoride treatment in our office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, patients may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.

Depending on your child’s oral health or the doctor’s recommendation, your son or daughter may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months. Your doctor may also prescribe at-home fluoride products such as mouthwash, gels, or antibacterial rinses.

How to Choose the Right Fluoride Treatment

When choosing an at-home fluoride product (such as toothpaste or mouthwash), always check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined and approved by the ADA based on safety and effectiveness.

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