Do you recommend fluoride and sealants for children?
Both fluoride and dental sealants applied at our Dillon dental office can be very effective for protecting the health of your children’s teeth. But we can’t tell you if they’re appropriate for your children until we examine their teeth.
After over 50 years of use, the benefits of fluoride have been well-proven for supporting oral health. However, fluoride treatments may be important for your child, but you should remember that these treatments alone are not enough to keep teeth healthy.
Fluoride is found in most foods and public water supplies, but may not be enough to protect your child’s oral health. That is one of the reasons we recommend regular dental exams and cleanings for your child.
Dental sealants are another important preventive treatment that are used to protect healthy teeth against decay. We can even use sealants on your child’s baby teeth. This may not make sense to you since your child loses the teeth anyway. But these important primary teeth act as placeholders for permanent teeth. Protecting baby teeth from decay ensures that they will do their job, aiding in proper development of permanent teeth.
While both these treatments are helpful for keeping your child’s teeth healthy, they may not be appropriate. Please contact our Dillon dental office to make an appointment so we can decide if either fluoride or sealants are right for your child.