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You Asked, We Answered: Is Fluoride Safe for Children?

February 23, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 2:09 pm
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Did you know that more than 90% of people in the U.S. have had a cavity by their 21st birthday? If that wasn’t troubling enough, cavities are the most common disease in children and adults worldwide. Before you get discouraged, there’s a naturally occurring mineral that can protect your little one’s teeth: fluoride. If you want to learn more on the topic – including how cavities develop and if fluoride is safe for children – then keep reading!

How Cavities Develop

Since cavities are so prevalent, you might be curious how they develop. Essentially, the bacteria in your child’s mouth feed on the sugars in the foods and beverages they consume. The acid produced eats away at their enamel, causing it to decay in the process. That’s why patients of all ages are encouraged to keep their intake of ice cream, soda, and the like to a minimum – they are the leading culprit of cavities!

Why Fluoride Is Important for Children

In short, fluoride makes teeth stronger and more resistant to acid when applied topically. There has even been some research that it can actually reserve early signs of decay! For that reason, this naturally occurring mineral is added to oral hygiene products, like toothpaste and mouthwash.

Important note: There have been arguments for and against fluoride over the years. If you’re at all concerned, then talk to your child’s dentist! They can give you further insight into research on the topic and share their recommendations on what’s best for your child’s growing smile.

Are Fluoride Treatments Necessary?

If there is fluoride in your child’s toothpaste as well as tap water, you might be wondering, “Are fluoride treatments necessary at by child’s biannual checkup and cleaning?” Well, that depends! If your child is prone to cavities, then the answer might be “yes.” Since their dental hygienist has cleared away food particles, plaque, and other debris from their mouth, applying the fluoride-rich solution topically can cover each and every tooth completely, providing a layer of protection in the process.

About the Practice

From your child’s first checkup to their final cleaning before college, you can turn to our talented, gentle, and experienced team at Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. With an emphasis on preventive care, including fluoride treatments, we do our best to keep their growing smiles decay-free while also instilling the importance of taking good care of their smile a lifelong practice. If your child is overdue for their six-month checkup or you want to learn more about fluoride, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our website or by phone at (860) 224-2419.

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