An extensive review of over seventy systematic review articles on “fluoride application to prevent decay” was recently completed by the American Dental Association.
The outcome of this review is that there is the strongest possible evidence to support the use of topical fluoride gel application every 6 months by the dentist or hygienist for all children, under the age of 18years, who are at risk of decay.
The “category of evidence” for this finding was classed as 1a which is the highest rating and the “strength of recommendation” was classed as A, which is also the highest rating. In other words, this is treatment that we absolutely should be doing, if we want to do the best for our children’s dental health.
Children who are considered at risk of decay are those who have one or more of the folllowing – poor oral hygiene, a high sugar diet, previous decay in the past 3 years, developmental abnormalities of the teeth or an inability to care for their mouths.
If you are a patient of StoneRock Dental Care and would like to find out more about this treatment and whether it is appropriate for your child, then please call us at the surgery and we will be happy to help.