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Fluoride Application

Tooth decay begins and progresses when the outermost layer, called tooth enamel, is dissolved by acid. In children, a certain time is needed for the enamel of newly erupted teeth to mature, and young teeth are more prone to caries during this time.

Superficial fluoride applications are a method that can only be applied by dentists. Fluor joins the structure of the tooth enamel and matures the enamel, protecting it against caries-causing bacteria and the damage caused by the acids produced by these bacteria. In addition to these, fluor also prevents the progression of incipient white spot caries. Fluor application is a very simple and preventive treatment that takes about 5 minutes.

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Fluoride Application

It is aimed to make the tooth structure more resistant to caries by strengthening the building block of enamel with fluoride.
Fluor applications are divided into two as systemic and local (topical). In previous studies, drinking water, table salt and milk were fluorinated and thus systemically ingested fluorine had a protective effect on the teeth. has been reported to be much more effective.
In the “Fluor Status Report” published in 2016 by the Turkish Pedodontics Association (TPD) and the Turkish Dentists Association (TDB) Education Commission, it was reported that the fluorine sources used to prevent caries do not contain toxic doses of fluorine, therefore they are reassuring. fluoride does not cause any side effects on human health.
Fluor gel application is applied to all surfaces of all teeth.
Due to the risk of involuntary swallowing, pastes that do not contain fluoride are recommended for daily use in children aged 0-3. However, starting from the age of 3 when all primary teeth are completed, local fluoride applications to be made under dentist controls strengthen the tooth enamel and prevent caries in children.
Fluor gel application is effective for 4 to 6 months, depending on the caries risk group your child has. At the end of these periods, it must be repeated. Thus, after a certain period of time, the necessary amount of fluorine will be stored for each new tooth group.
Before fluoride application, all surfaces of the teeth are cleaned with a process called polishing (with a special mechanical brush and paste) and dental plaque is removed. Then, a polish containing fluoride is applied on the teeth with the help of a brush. It is recommended that the patient not eat, drink or rinse his mouth for at least 30 minutes after the application.
In order for fluoride to show its protective effect against dental caries, it needs to be applied in low doses daily and in high doses at periodic intervals. Toothpastes contain low doses of fluoride and are effective when used every day. On the other hand, the frequency and form of application of agents (gel, foam, polish, etc.) containing high doses of fluorine is personal. During the dental examination, the caries risk group of the patient is determined and the frequency of local fluoride application may change as every 3,4 or 6 months according to this group.
Fluor application is a very simple preventive treatment that takes about 5 minutes.
No eating or drinking is allowed for half an hour to 1 hour after the application. Milk and dairy products are not consumed for 24 hours. Including ice cream and chocolate.
The effect of the application weakens. It will not harm your child.
Last Update : 12/08/2022