Fluoride TreatmentsFluoride Treatment Orange County

As you have probably heard, the Metropolitan Water District has begun fluoridating the community water supply that serves 18 million residents in Southern California. This is good news for everybody!

Fluoride helps prevent cavities and promote oral health. Communities in the United States have added fluoride to their water supplies for more than 60 years. In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first community to fluoridate its water supply. Fluoride is also a common ingredient in most of the leading toothpastes.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in many sources that you may already use. Many processed foods, such as canned foods and bottled beverages have fluoride. Even water that is not labeled as having “fluoride” will have some fluoride. Fluoride is a common ingredient in most leading toothpastes.

Does Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Matter?

Yes. Fluoridation is one of the main reasons for the improved oral health of most Americans over the last 50 years.

Systemic Fluoride

Systemic fluoride is fluoride that is swallowed. This can include dietary fluoride supplements or fluoridated water. Your dentist will decide if systemic fluoride is indicated.

Professional Fluoride Treatment

We recommend professional fluoride treatment at every check-up and cleaning visit. Professional fluoride treatments at the dental office contain a higher percentage of fluoride concentration, compared with mouthwash or toothpaste for home use. In these cases, fluoride is applied directly to the enamel surface. Professional fluoride application is a quick and easy procedure. Fluoride varnish is applied with a small brush and patients can eat and drink immediately after it is applied. Some patients may receive fluoride foam, which is placed in a tray. Patients must wait to rinse, eat, or drink for 30 minutes following fluoride foam application. This will help your teeth to receive the maximum benefit from the fluoride treatment.

Depending on your child’s decay risk, fluoride treatments might be suggested more frequently than every 6 months.

If you are interested in fluoride treatments for your child, please contact us at Orange County Pediatric Dental Group to help protect your child’s teeth from developing tooth decay: (714) 972-1359.