Fluoride is an important part of your child’s dental health. Fluoride consumed through municipal tap water and in toothpaste will help to strengthen your child’s teeth and bones as they develop. As an adult, fluoride toothpaste will help fortify the enamel in their adult teeth.
Talk to your dentist about fluoride treatments and supplements for your child. They may be necessary for children between the ages of 6 and 16 in an area in which the water supply is not fluoridated, or if the child is at a greater-than normal risk of cavities Before you give your child an over-the-counter fluoride rinse, your dentist should examine their teeth. As long as you use fluoride as directed by your dentist, it is safe and beneficial for your child.
Fluorosis is a condition that occurs when you child receives too much fluoride. Fluorosis affects the adult teeth that are forming in the jaw, and leaves those teeth with white or brown spots or streaks. Often, fluorosis is unnoticeable to most people. It is a cosmetic condition only, and it can be easily corrected by your dentist.
In most cases, if your family uses a toothpaste containing fluoride, and your tap water is fluoridated, your children’s fluoride intake is sufficient, however your dentist will be able to determine if your child needs fluoride supplements.
If you are concerned about your child’s fluoride levels, if it is time for their regular cleaning and exam, or if you are looking for a pediatric dentist, Dr. Samuel Bailey would love to meet your family! If you would like to make an appointment at West Valley Pediatric Dentistry in Taylorsville, Utah, call phone today and let’s get your child started on a healthy smile for a lifetime!