Good oral health and hygiene habits begin in childhood. Everything from sugary snacks and drinks to unsteady brushing and flossing technique can make children especially susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. And despite the fact that primary (baby) teeth are temporary, they play an important role in your child's development. Dr. David Doyle, a pediatric dentist in Clackamas, OR, recommends scheduling your child's first dental appointment by age one or after 6 to 8 teeth erupt, whichever comes first.
Fluoride Treatments and Pediatric Dentistry in Clackamas, OR
In addition to working with your child to help them develop good brushing techniques and oral hygiene habits early, there are a few dentistry services available to help protect their teeth from cavities and decay. Pediatric fluoride treatments (also known as fluoride varnish) are applied several times a year to help protect young children's teeth from tooth decay and cavities. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants should receive oral health risk assessments even before the first tooth erupts, by age six months.
Just like adults, certain children are more susceptible to tooth decay and oral health problems than others. Fluoride treatments are a form of preventive care available for pediatric patients.
How Fluoride Treatments Work
The fluoride varnish acts like a protective coating that is applied directly onto the front and back surface of the teeth. It is a non-invasive procedure that only takes minutes while the dentist applies the varnish with a brush. Once it has been applied, the varnish hardens and dries when it comes into contact with the saliva. They can eat and drink right away (but hot and hard foods should be avoided for a few hours after application). It is still necessary to brush and floss regularly after fluoride treatments.
Find a Pediatric Dentist in Clackamas, OR
For more information about fluoride treatments and dentistry services for your children, contact our office by calling
(503)-855-5100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Doyle today.