Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in water, soil, plants, fruits, and vegetables. It is also found as a trace element in the structure of bones and teeth. In the human mouth, fluoride can be found as fluorapatite (a calcium phosphate salt that also contains fluoride).

Fluoride for children is most effective when administered very early on in life. In fact, the American Dental Association, or ADA, recommends fluoride as soon as a child’s first tooth erupts. This can mean as early as six months or as late as 12 years old.

If children go to a practice where fluoride treatments are routinely given, they are helping their teeth become healthier and stronger. Fluoride has many benefits for the teeth.

Strengthens Enamel

Fluoride treatments strengthen the enamel of children’s teeth, protecting them from future dental problems. Children who are at a high risk of developing tooth decay may benefit most from fluoride treatments.

If you are considering fluoride treatments for your child, call our dentist in Tulsa today.

Protects Against Cavities

As children develop more of their adult teeth, they may develop a deficiency in fluoride, causing tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride treatments help replenish the fluoride a child has in their mouth.

Reduces the Chance of Developing Dental Fluorosis

Fluoride treatments for children help to prevent tooth decay. This treatment strengthens the enamel, making it more resistant to the effects of plaque and bacteria, and reduces the risk of decay. Children who receive fluoride treatments at an early age are less likely to develop dental fluorosis, a cosmetic issue caused by the excessive intake of fluoride.

Prevents Tooth Discoloration

Fluoride treatments are essential to preventing tooth discoloration. Fluorine is a mineral that naturally occurs in water. It is added to some sources of drinking water, and it is also found in toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental treatments.

Improves Oral Health and Hygiene Habits

Fluoride treatments help to improve oral health by protecting the enamel of teeth. During the treatment, the fluoride becomes a part of the enamel, helping to prevent tooth decay.

Fluoride treatments can help to improve gum health, helping to prevent gum disease. Also, fluoride helps to prevent plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth. This, in turn, helps to prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.


Contact Grant Gerety, DDS at Warren Clinic Bldg # 7, 4606 E. 67th St., Suite 310, Tulsa, OK 74136. Call us at (918) 493-3031 to book an appointment. 

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