Fluoride applications for children can help to prevent cavities by strengthening the outer enamel of the teeth and may also reverse any early signs of cavities that may have begun forming. Your child will not undergo any stress or anxiety during the application of fluoride as it is painless and quick. The dentist will paint a thin layer of fluoride varnish on the child’s teeth which often has a pleasant taste. The application is fast and dries quickly. Your child will be prohibited from eating or drinking anything for about 30 minutes after the treatment.
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Fluoride works to prevent dental caries through both topical and systemic mechanisms via 3 processes:
a) inhibiting tooth demineralization,
b) enhancing remineralization, and
c) inhibiting bacterial metabolism.
Newer studies also suggest that fluoride interferes with bacterial adherence to the teeth. The topical effect provides the majority of the benefit. Through systemic mechanisms, the lesser effect, fluoride is incorporated into the tooth structure during tooth development to harden the enamel and make more resistant to demineralization.
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