Dental professionals know that your child’s oral health is very important. As a parent, you must make sure that your child brushes their teeth on a regular basis, so they have excellent oral health throughout their childhood and even into their adult years. One of the things that can benefit your child’s oral health is fluoride. Fluoride is found in various toothpastes and mouthwash. Some amounts can even be found in your water supply (depending on your location). Fluoride is proven to prevent tooth decay in children. This is why many dental professionals across the country are major supporters of water fluoridation in public water supplies to recommended levels of 0.70 ppm.
Because of acids that exist from consuming certain foods and drinks, that acid can post a threat to your child’s teeth outer layers or the enamel. These acids will attack the enamel and cause damage to your teeth and even tooth decay. Not to be outdone, the acids can also be created from the bacteria in your mouth via plaque buildup. Fluoride can harden the tooth enamel, making it stronger and more resistant to these acid attacks. Fluoride also has the ability to repair the small cavities that have already formed and can prevent future tooth decay with consistent oral hygiene.
Because fluoride may not be available in your local water supply, there are other options that are available, so your child gets the appropriate amount they need to keep their oral health in the best shape. Most toothpastes contain fluoride. When applying toothpaste on your child’s toothbrush, a pea-sized amount is recommended. It should not be used for children under a year old.
While fluoride is a beneficial thing for your child’s oral health, too much can be a bad thing. Teeth that have been overexposed to fluoride can develop a condition known as enamel fluorosis. This condition develops at the gum line. In its mild form, hard to see white spots will form while a more severe (and rare) cases, the discoloration can be slightly darker.
Fluoride is essential to your child’s oral health. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s oral health and would like to set an appointment, contact us today.