At Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentistry, we promote fluoride treatment as one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and maintain excellent oral health for your child.
Are Fluoride Treatments Safe?
Yes, Fluoride Treatments are both safe and effective in decreasing the prevalence of cavities in children. When combined with Dental Sealants, the effectiveness can be almost 95%! Using Fluoride with dental sealants can make the tooth more impervious to acid attacks caused by sugars and plaque bacteria in the mouth. Fluoride acts as a shield for the outer enamel layer of the teeth and may even reverse dental decay in some cases.
What is Fluoride?
It is a naturally occurring mineral found in water, many foods, and within the Earth’s crust. Many municipalities add fluoride to drinking water, and it is an essential ingredient in most toothpaste for adults and children.
Why Do Children Need Fluoride?
In the 1930s, researchers determined that people who grew up drinking fluoridated water had 66% fewer cavities than those living in areas without fluoridated water. Since then it has been proven that communities that have fluoridated drinking water have reduced levels of tooth decay.
Fluoride helps shield young teeth from damaging acids that form in mouth bacteria and sugars. This acid damages the hard protective outer layer of your teeth called the enamel. Every day you are slowly losing this protective outer enamel layer through a process called demineralization. This process is accelerated when acid attacks the enamel and can lead to cavities. Cavities form when too much decay occurs and when there is not enough remineralization happening to restore the enamel.
What Are the Benefits of Fluoride?
Since fluoride provides a protective layer to inhibit acids from breaking down the enamel in your teeth, only small amounts are required to receive maximum benefit.
The treatments we use have highly increased levels of fluoride compared to what is found in water and toothpaste. Having fluoride professionally applied can be very useful in decreasing dental decay in children, as well as those who are in the high-risk category for decay.
Fluoride is also recognized as hugely beneficial in strengthening developing teeth as well as reducing the risk of early decay.
How Much Fluoride-Containing Toothpaste is Appropriate for My Child?
It is essential to limit the amount of toothpaste used when brushing your children’s teeth because they will likely swallow whatever toothpaste is placed on the toothbrush. More is not better. The risks associated with consuming a controlled amount of fluoride on a daily basis is outweighed by the benefits of fluoride. Children under the age of three should use only a smear of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) on their toothbrush, twice daily. Children over the age of three should brush with a pea-sized amount twice daily.
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