Whether your little one is well on their way through grade school, or they’re just starting their weaning journey, we’ve got the perfect guide for you when it comes to fluoride use. Fluoride is a critical component in oral health and preventing cavities in children and adults alike. Here’s what to know about it and why it’s an extremely important part of their oral care at Sprout Kids Dentistry.
Why Do Children Need Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in our bodies (and the environment). It’s essential for dental health because it helps your child’s teeth form and reverses the earliest stage of tooth decay – it also controls the amount of bacteria in our mouths. It plays a critical role in your child’s oral health and development, meaning it can also set them up for good oral health later in life.
Is Fluoridated Water Safe?
In 1945, a landmark study found that water fluoridation significantly reduced the rate of tooth decay in children. Since this study, more than 90% of local municipalities have fluoridated their water to protect their residents against tooth decay. If you have questions about the safety of fluoridated water and its impact on your child’s health, you should make sure to talk with your pediatric dentist about your concerns.
When to Start Using Fluoride Toothpaste?
Pediatric dentists recommend that parents start brushing their child’s teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste starting at age 1 – or once their first tooth erupts.
What If Our Water Is Not Fluoridated? What Can We Do?
If your community doesn’t fluoridate its water, you can always find a toothpaste that contains fluoride. It’s a great way to ensure your child is getting the protection they need against tooth decay while also instilling good brushing habits when they’re young.
Having a fluoride varnish placed by your pediatric dentist can be an easy, convenient way to help your child get the benefits of fluoride. Not only does it help prevent tooth decay, but it can also smooth out rough patches of enamel that sometimes show up at the beginning of teething. Your pediatric dentist can apply this treatment during a quick, in-office appointment.
Make sure you’re providing your children with adequate fluoride levels and partnering with an experienced pediatric dentist. To help your child get the most out of their oral health, contact our Quincy office by calling or filling out our online contact form.