Fluoride has been shown to strengthen teeth and reduce the risk of getting cavities. Teeth are exposed to fluoride through both systemic and topical sources. Systemic fluorides are ones that are swallowed, such as fluoridated water, while topical fluorides are applied directly to the teeth and include fluoride toothpaste, rinses and gels. Professional fluoride treatments performed by dentists typically contain higher concentrations of fluoride than the toothpastes and mouth rinses that may be available at stores or pharmacies.
Dr. Lin can work with you to determine how often your child should receive professional fluoride treatments, taking into account factors such as your child’s overall exposure to systemic and topical fluorides, oral health status and risk of cavities.