All of us need a little help with keeping our teeth healthy and strong. When your child comes to North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry for their appointment we can offer a fluoride treatment to keep them smiling and keeping their teeth their whitest.
Fluoride works by helping your teeth replenish calcium and phosphorus, which keeps your teeth strong!
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What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in most water sources. This mineral has been found to prevent tooth decay, even before it is visible to the naked eye. In fact, research has shown that adequate fluoride intake can prevent tooth decay by as much as 25% when given to adults and children alike. Also, unlike some other dental products, fluoride supplements have been studied for over seventy years, so researchers understand all of the inherent risks and benefits of this mineral.
How Does Fluoride Work?
When your teeth are exposed to fluoride, your dental enamel absorbs this vital mineral. Fluoride works by helping your teeth replenish calcium and phosphorus, which keeps your teeth strong! Once teeth are re-mineralized, the surface hardens, which helps your teeth to fend off acidic erosion, fractures, and even surface scratches. Fluoride can also stop decay in its tracks and keep new damage from forming.
How Can I Give My Child Fluoride?
Some cities add fluoride to the municipal water supply, while others refrain from this practice. However, just because your city doesn’t fluoridate their water doesn’t mean that you have to watch your child suffer from preventable decay. Here at North Royalton Family Dentistry, we can prescribe you a fluoride supplement based on your child’s needs. These supplements come in several forms, but most children prefer flavored drops. For adults, we typically recommend using a fluoride toothpaste or an alcohol-free fluoride mouthwash.
How North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry Can Help
Unfortunately, as with anything else, you can have too much of a good thing. If too much fluoride is given to a baby, a child, or even to a teenager who doesn’t have all of their permanent teeth quite yet, the patient can develop a condition called fluorosis. Although this condition is not life-threatening, it can cause the teeth to develop brown stains, surface pitting, or even white markings.
To prevent this complication, we urge all of our patients to consult with us before starting a fluoride regimen. Here at North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry, we can evaluate the fluoride levels in the water of your area, talk about your daily routine, and help you to decide which products would be most beneficial for your children. We can also teach you how to determine whether or not your child is receiving too much fluoride, and how to administer drops to small children.