Julie M. Russo D.M.D.Diplomate of the American
Board of Pediatric Dentistry
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How does fluoride work?
Fluoride is an element and it occurs naturally in some water supplies. When it is taken in the proper quantities on a routine basis it helps prevent tooth decay. When the teeth are forming, it helps make them strong. It then helps the teeth in the mouth by making weaker areas stronger. It is most effective when combined with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene.
Will my child need fluoride supplements?
When a child's permanent teeth are forming, Dr. Russo may prescribe a fluoride supplement to be taken by mouth. If there is decay present during an examination, she may decide on a topical prescription fluoride that is brushed on the teeth every night. Dr. Russo will consider many factors before prescribing a fluoride supplement for your child. First, she will need to know if your water supply has fluoride in it. You may need to check with your water supplier to see if you have fluoride in your water.
How safe is fluoride?
Fluoride is documented to be safe and highly effective in the fight against tooth decay in the recommended dosage. Research indicates water fluoridation is the most cost effective method.
What are topical fluoride treatments?
Topical fluorides are recommended following all dental cleanings as the tooth will readily "absorb" it at this time. It may be done by any number of methods, foam, gel or varnish.
Both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend fluoride treatments following every prophylaxis (cleaning). Your insurance may not pay for it every time, but we plan treatment based on your child's needs and not on your insurance coverage.