Does Fluoride Really Make a Difference?
the past, cavities were a fact of life. But over the last several years tooth
decay has been reduced dramatically due to fluoride. Fluoride is beneficial
for adults as well as children. Research has shown that fluoride reduces cavities
by up to 40% in children and 35% in adults.*
studies over the past 60 years have shown that fluoride at recommended levels
is not only safe, but provides significant health benefits.*
How Does Fluoride Help Children?
Children benefit from fluoride both systemically (by ingesting fluoride) and topically (the fluoride that gets on their teeth). Systemic and topical
fluoride work together to keep teeth strong. Fluoride works best in children
while teeth are forming. This helps both primary (baby) and permanent teeth.
Starting at birth, and until all permanent teeth have fully erupted, ingested
fluoride helps strengthen teeth as they are forming. Topical fluoride helps
people of all ages. Fluoride is the only known substance that will actually
strengthen teeth and make them harder.
With a stroke of a brush
coated with a new topical fluoride treatment, dentists can paint a lasting
smile for children in an easy, safe and cost-effective way.
New to the United States,
the product called sodium fluoride varnish has a higher concentration of fluoride
than current gels, foams, rinses, and pastes, but is less toxic to children
because less of the product is swallowed during application.
Fluoride Varnish quickly adheres to teeth and over time is slowly released to the tooth surface,
promoting tooth remineralization.
No special equipment is
needed for the application.
Teeth do not need to be
professionally cleaned prior to varnish application.
Fluoride Varnish can prevent decay in both smooth surface and pit and groove sites.
Application is done in
three visits, two days apart. This varnish is a sticky, yellow semi-liquid
containing 5% sodium fluoride in a resin base mixed with alcohol to dry quickly
The Fluoride Varnish needs to be reapplied every year for three years.
Patients are not to brush
their teeth for approximately 10 hours. Patients can eat or drink immediately
Patients are able to leave
immediately after application. There are no Fluoride trays, which prevents
It can be used as a cavity
liner or desensitizer.
Does My Child Need Fluoride Supplements?
water is fluoridated and is an adequate source of systemic (ingested) fluoride.
If your family uses well water or bottled water, you should have your water
tested to see if there is adequate natural fluoride, or if a fluoride supplement
is needed. Check with your local Health Department or bottled water manufacturer
for testing. If adequate fluoride is not present, your child may need a prescription
fluoride supplement from your dentist.
is provided by fluoridated toothpastes and rinses. Additional fluoride treatments
are applied as needed by your dentist during regular check-ups.
* Source: American