When it comes to your child’s oral health, it can be easy to think that a daily brushing is all they need to stay healthy and prevent tooth decay.
Brushing does do its part in maintaining a healthy mouth but there is a less known champion of oral health called Fluoride.
So, what is fluoride? It is a compound that contains a natural element called fluorine. It can be found as an active ingredient in many dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinse, gels and varnish.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, using small amounts of fluoride on a routine basis can help prevent tooth decay. In fact, research shows that community water fluoridation has lowered decay rates by over 50 percent, which means that fewer children grow up with cavities.
Even better, fluoride treatments can be done as soon as the first tooth is in, but is especially important when the molars come in, as they will stay in the mouth for life.
Children who benefit the most from fluoride are those at highest risk for decay. Not sure if your child is at risk? If their history includes previous cavities, a diet high in sugar or carbohydrates, orthodontic appliances and certain medical conditions such as dry mouth then fluoride could be very beneficial.
The tooth-decay fighting ingredients in fluoride are not only effective, but also proven safe for your child. With that being said, fluoride should be kept out of reach of young children.
Here at North Metro Pediatrics, we provide topical fluoride to your child’s teeth as part of our comprehensive well check. Topical fluoride is a preventative agent applied to tooth enamel. The fluoride varnish is brushed or “painted” on the enamel and is especially useful for young patients and those with special needs who may not tolerate fluoride trays.
We’ve also recently partnered with Apple Tree Dental! This means you can combine your child’s annual well check with preventative and/or restorative dental care. Not only will this integrated care model reduce your travel time, but it’ll also lower the amount of time your child is away from school!
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