Fluoride is one of the best treatments for preventing tooth decay. For children, starting when primary teeth erupt and until age 16, fluoride helps strengthen primary and permanent teeth. During this development stage, fluoride use is the most important; however, adults benefit from fluoride as well.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps repair enamel. Using fluoride toothpaste and drinking fluoridated water will generally be enough to keep your children’s teeth protected. Children living in communities that do not fluoridate their drinking water, or those who drink bottled water only, may need additional fluoride to protect their teeth.
The Super Dentists will determine if fluoride treatment is necessary and to what degree. Sometimes using fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash may be all that is needed. If more fluoride is required, your dentists may apply fluoride gel, foam or varnish to your child’s teeth during an office visit. Your child may be given a prescription for fluoride supplements.
While fluoride is safe and effective, it can be dangerous in high doses. It is best to monitor brushing and rinsing with fluoridated products in younger children to ensure they do not use too much or swallow. Keep these items as well as fluoride supplements out of kids’ reach. The Super Dentists will let you know if additional fluoride will benefit your children.