I’m a little worried my daughter was used as a test subject without my knowledge. When I was a kid, my pediatric dentist used the foaming fluoride treatments. I HATED it. So, you can imagine how thrilled to pieces I was when my daughter’s pediatric dentist just use this paint-on type of fluoride. It tasted great and my daughter LOVED it. In fact, she’s never even had a cavity. All of her experiences have been positive and she loves going to the dentist.
Recently, my husband was transferred which required us to move. The new pediatric dentist brought out the foamy stuff. It caused her to throw up. I told them about the paint-on stuff and they said it is too new for them to use on children and they’re waiting until there is more evidence of its safety. Now I’m worried by daughter was experimented on.
Take a deep breath. The first thing you should know is your daughter is fine. I’m not sure why your current pediatric dentist implied the paint-on fluoride varnish is experimental. It’s not.
Pediatric Fluoride Varnish Testing
These have been widely tested and given the okay in 2006 by the American Academy of Dentistry. It’s even been given long-term testing in children to make sure there wasn’t a risk of fluorosis in later years.
The results in all cases have been positive. They determined the varnish was easier to use and, because of that, had a much higher patient compliance. Your daughter was evidence of that in how she responded to both types.
Furthermore, there wasn’t evidence of fluorosis in the children’s permanent teeth from the treatments. All in all, it’s a blessing for both dentists and patients.
Your old pediatric dentist was giving your daughter to top-of-the-line treatment.
Find a Different Pediatric Dentist
It was wrong for your dentist to suggest the treatment wasn’t safe and frighten you. He sounds like an office that prefers to do things “the way they’ve always been done.”
If he feels that way, fine. Just don’t lie about a treatment that has had remarkable results for over a decade. Truthfully, both you and your daughter will be better served with a better pediatric dentist.
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