I am not convinced that my 4 yr old should get fluoride treatments from her pediatric dentist. I don’t even give her fluoride toothpaste yet. She might swallow it, and she is too young for it. The pediatric dentist recommended it because my daughter has an unusual number of cavities. She has 4 cavities. This isn’t due to her diet either. I don’t give any of my kids sugary treats or drinks. Can I ask for my daugher not to receive the treatments? I don’t want her to ingest it. Stephanie
Stephanie – You can decline any services that you don’t want your daughter to receive. Keep in mind, though, that pediatric dentists routinely and safely provide fluoride treatments, even to young children, to help prevent early dental cavities. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry approves of the use of fluoride to prevent and control cavities. Fluoride remineralizes tooth enamel and breaks down bacteria that causes cavities.
The prevention of cavities in primary teeth is important to preserve the teeth so that they can help guide permanent teeth into the right position. Explain your concerns to your daughter’s pediatric dentist. Ask ask the dentist for a thorough explanation of why fluoride treatments are being recommended, as well as the pros and cons of the treatment.
If you have concerns about your daughter swallowing fluoride, in advance of the appointment, it may help to find out how fluoride treatments are administered at the dentist’s office. A varnish or foam may be used that may make it difficult, if not impossible, to be swallowed.
If you are still uncomfortable, the dentist will certainly refrain from using the fluoride treatments until you agree that your daughter is ready for them.
Your daughter does have an unusual number of cavities. Discuss your daughter’s diet with her pediatric dentist, and ask the dentist to do some investigating on what might be the cause of the cavities. Ensure that you are practicing good oral hygiene with your daughter at home, too. Floss between her teeth daily and brush twice daily.
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