Despite all the efforts by Hendricks County teachers, parents and dentists to teach children good oral hygiene, many children still have a high risk for getting cavities. When your child doesn’t properly clean his/her teeth, bacteria can eat away at tooth enamel, causing cavities and tooth decay to form. That’s why Dr. Jon Erickson at Danville Family Dentistry recommends that your child receive supplemental fluoride treatments to help keep your child’s smile healthy.
Fluoride is a mineral that’s found in certain foods, water, toothpastes and mouthwashes. It’s important that Hendricks County babies and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years are exposed to fluoride while their primary and permanent teeth are coming in. Topical fluoride treatments performed at Danville Family Dentistry can help repair any damage in tooth enamel while strengthening it. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists says fluoride can reduce tooth decay by 50% to 70%.
Some other benefits of fluoride are:
- It helps reverse any tooth erosion that’s already occurred.
- It replaces the minerals in the tooth enamel that have already eroded away.
- It prevents bacteria buildup around the gums.
- It helps fight gingivitis.
Good dental care, including topical fluoride treatments, is essential in helping keep your child’s teeth strong and healthy. But if you don’t have dental insurance, you may not take your child for regular dental appointments, which puts them at a higher risk of developing cavities and tooth decay.
This’s why Danville Family Dentistry offers our Smile Savings Plan. For $275 a year, your child (ages 16 and under) can receive preventative dental services at our office for one year, including:
- 2 professional dental cleanings.
- 2 professional oral evaluations.
- 2 fluoride treatments.
- Regularly scheduled dental X-rays.
For more information on our Smile Savings Plan and how topical fluoride treatments can benefit your child’s teeth, contact our Hendricks County office at 317-745-4400. Keep your child’s grin healthy as they grow with preventative dental care.