Flouride Gel for Children
A topical fluoride treatment is applied by the dentist or dental therapist in the surgery after your child has received a professional cleaning. Usually a fluoride gel or foam is placed in mouth shaped trays and inserted into the child s mouth for her teeth to soak in for a few minutes. After fluoride application, we will ask your child not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow for optimum absorption. Fluoride can re-mineralize small imperfections in the tooth enamel by attracting calcium to the teeth. Fluoride can actually make teeth stronger! Years of research and use have proven fluoride to be a safe and effective means of fighting and preventing tooth decay. It is recommended that this treatment is carried out twice a year from the age of 2 years old. The child should not brush their teeth on the night after the application, but brush twice a day from the following day as normal. This allows the fluoride to work to its full potential.