What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a natural mineral that contributes to the prevention, inhibition, and reversal of dental cavities. Cavity prevention is done by strengthen of tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is under constant threat of damage by acid producing bacteria that cause cavities. Fluoride helps in strengthening enamel and protecting teeth against cavities.
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What are the best ways for kids to get Fluoride?

It is recommended that kids over the age of 12 months who are not able to brush without swallowing, use a rice grain size amount of a fluoride toothpaste to brush. Once a child is able to brush without swallowing, it is recommended that a parent use a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste to brush. Drinking tap water is a great way for a child to get fluoride. Professional fluoride application is recommended at each cleaning appointment, every 6 months. For kids that are high risk in getting cavities, profession fluoride applications are recommended every 3 months.
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    in the last week
    All Staff from the front desk to the Dentist assistant are all courteous, polite, friendly with exceptional attention to detail. The office is very clean. They offer entertainment from the lobby to the dentist chair. Dr. Chris is awesome. He makes kids feel at ease and explains everything in laments terms. We highly recommend this
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  • Allison Stabile
    a week ago
    We love Peak Pediatric Dentistry for our 10 year old. Dr. Dixon and his staff are kind and great with kiddos. We feel totally taken care of from reception to strong teeth! They also have great relationships with other practitioners in SD and have referred a great orthodontist and adult dentists. We love them!
  • Lisa Rueb
    2 weeks ago
    We love Dr. Dixon and his staff! They are so welcoming and all 5 of my kids are truly excited to go to the dentist. They make it so relaxing and non threatening for the kids. We couldn’t be happier!
  • Erhan Ercan
    a year ago
    Happy as a clam 🙂 Our daughter looks forward to her visits with Dr. Chris and team. Thanks for your diligence, care, and most importantly fun attitude!

How is Fluoride applied during a Cleaning Appointment?

Fluoride is applied to the teeth by brushing it on after the cleaning and exam are complete. Kids can be sensitive to different tastes, Dr. Chris has used many different types of fluoride and has chosen a fluoride that is most efficient in fighting cavities as well as tastes great. Kids can even eat and drink after the appointment, with no need to wait. If you think your child would benefit from a professional fluoride application, call us today so that we can get you in for a quick and convenient appointment.
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