My daughter has always gone to a beloved pediatric dentist. Unlike when I was a child, this dentist paints on her fluoride. She calls it a fluoride varnish. When I was a little girl we had this foaming tray which was awful. I dreaded every appointment. My husband was transferred and we’re now at another practice. This one uses the foamy stuff. My daughter hated it as much as I did. I asked about the varnish and they said because it’s an experimental treatment they don’t use it. Should my previous dentist have used it? Is it safe?
I have no idea why your new dentist said the varnish was experimental. It’s absolutely not. It’s had full approval since 2006 after rigorous testing. They even did follow up tests to make sure that young children who used it didn’t have fluorosis on their adult teeth when they came in. Everything was absolutely fine.
My only guess is they’re one of those, “We always used this and don’t like new ideas.” kind of practices. I don’t like that because it’s not in your daughter’s best interest. Instead, you want a pediatric dentist who not only keeps up with new developments in dental care but does what’s necessary to learn them.
In this case, the treatment is much more readily received by children, especially young children because it’s so easy. We want children’s experiences at the dentist to be positive ones setting them up for a lifetime of care.
When Children Become Afraid of the Dentist
If your daughter ever has an experience which frightens her at the dentist, it could lead to a lifetime of dental anxiety. One of the keys to preventing this is for you to keep a brave, happy face when she’s receiving treatment.
I don’t know if she’s had any cavities yet or had to have a dental needle, but if that ever becomes necessary, there is a good tasting numbing gel they can put on her gums as well as the possibility of using nitrous oxide or stronger sedation methods if necessary.
I’m only saying this because your current dentist seems to forget about the patient and I wanted you aware of things which could make her treatment easier.
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