Flouride Treatments

Pettinato Children's Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry located in Wesley Chapel, FL

Fluoride treatments are one of the best ways to protect your little one’s teeth and lower their risk of tooth decay. At Pettinato Children's Dentistry in Wesley Chapel, Florida, we provide fluoride treatments in a caring and welcoming environment. Find out how fluoride treatments can help your child’s oral health by booking an evaluation online or over the phone today.

Flouride Treatments Q & A

What are the benefits of fluoride treatments?

Fluoride is an essential mineral for tooth health. In general, your child should start getting fluoride treatments when baby teeth appear. Regular fluoride treatments are highly beneficial for children because they can:

  • Strengthen the tooth structure
  • Prevent or slow down tooth decay
  • Stop decay from progressing
  • Prevent cavities  

Fluoride treatments are also beneficial cavity-fighting solutions for little ones who haven’t yet developed proper brushing skills and may be missing certain parts of their teeth while brushing.

What happens during a fluoride treatment?

The compassionate team at Pettinato Children's Dentistry understands how overwhelming it can be for children (and parents) to need a dental treatment. When you entrust the team with your little one’s dental treatment, you and your child can expect personalized care in a calm environment.

Fluoride treatments often begin with a thorough teeth cleaning. Your dentist brushes and flosses between your child’s teeth to ensure there’s a clean slate for the fluoride application.

Once your child’s teeth are prepped, your dedicated pediatric dentist paints on the fluoride varnish tooth by tooth. This varnish is sticky, but it quickly hardens as soon as it comes into contact with saliva. Your child may move their tongue around their mouth and feel that there’s a substance on their teeth, but they won’t be able to lick it off. 

Are fluoride treatments painful?

Not at all! Fluoride treatments are actually a great way to introduce your little one to the dental team at Pettinato Children's Dentistry since they don't cause any pain or discomfort. Some children cry during their treatment, but usually, this is just because they’re tired or they simply don’t like holding still. You’re welcome to hold your child in your lap throughout their fluoride treatment. 

How long do fluoride treatments last?

Pediatric fluoride treatments from Pettinato Children's Dentistry are long-lasting. Depending on your child’s oral health and whether or not they have a history of decay, your dedicated dental practitioner may recommend fluoride treatments 2-4 times per year. 

Your child can get the essential fluoride treatments they need at Pettinato Children's Dentistry. Click on the online scheduler to book an appointment or call to speak with a team member.