Despite the many misconceptions about fluoride, it is completely harmless when administered properly, and fluoride is especially important for children since they have a higher risk of tooth decay. Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities by supporting healthy tooth enamel and fighting bacteria that can harm teeth and gums.
If you’re in Oak Park, fluoride treatments from Wesley Wise, DDS & Assoc. are one of the best ways to keep your child’s smile happy and healthy. Here’s a few reasons to bring your little ones in for regular fluoride treatments:
Children are more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities for a number of reasons. First, kids tend to eat a lot of sweets and drink sugary beverages, and these snacks can result in a high level of oral bacteria.
Additionally, children may not brush their teeth as often as they should, or they may brush their teeth improperly. There is even evidence that some children are genetically predisposed to get more cavities.
Fluoride treatments can help with all of these issues. Fluoride helps remineralize teeth and keep them healthy, even if a child has a genetic predisposition to cavities or does not always brush their teeth correctly.
The premature loss of a baby tooth can create even more dental health issues down the road. If your child has a cavity that is left untreated, it’s likely that the tooth will decay and require an extraction. Because baby teeth create a “path” through which the permanent teeth erupt, losing these teeth prematurely can cause a child’s permanent teeth to grow in crooked or overcrowded.
If your child’s cavities are treated with fluoride in time, this procedure can help slow down the process of decay and can even restore teeth in some instances.
If your child’s tooth is damaged by decay, dentists will typically suggest a filling to restore and strengthen the tooth. Mercury-amalgam and tooth-colored fillings are much more expensive than a preventive fluoride treatment. Routine fluoride treatments help prevent cavities before they form, and they will save you time and money in the long run. Most importantly, fluoride treatments help ensure that your child maintains optimal dental health.
At our practice, we are big believers in the power of preventative dentistry. That’s why we recommend fluoride treatments for all of our patients under the age of 14, and in adults who are prone to issues like cavities and gum disease.
Give us a call today if you are interested in protecting your oral health, or the oral health of your child. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Wise at (708) 524-0330, or visit our office at 137 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301. We’re always happy to meet new patients!