The hard outer tooth enamel layer on each of your child’s teeth provides them with the ability to bite off and chew food. It also serves to protect the sensitive dentin, pulp and other core structures of the tooth.
Having a pediatric dentist like Dr. Jessie Hunter and Dr. Karen Coe perform a dental checkup will help to detect any developing oral health concerns before they can worsen. This includes monitoring the mineral strength of your child’s tooth enamel as well as looking out for signs of gum disease and other oral health issues.
If your child’s teeth show early signs of tooth enamel erosion we might recommend administering a fluoride treatment. It can be done immediately following their dental checkup to help strengthen their tooth enamel.
Professional fluoride comes in the form of a gel, varnish, or foam. For the gel, a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel is poured into curved trays that conform to the basic shape of their mouth, and they simply bite down lightly on them for a few minutes while the fluoride saturates their teeth. It’s best to abstain from eating or drinking anything for up to half an hour after the fluoride treatment.
If you live in the Allen, Texas, area, and your child is due for their next dental checkup or they have a problem with one of their teeth, please call 972-727-0737 to schedule an appointment at Allen Pediatric Dentistry.