Dental Tips Blog

Jun
26

Why Your Child Needs Fluoride for a Healthy Smile

You’ve likely heard mixed opinions on the value fluoride has for dental health. There are individuals who believe fluoride is toxic. But the vast majority of dental professionals promote fluoride for its unequaled ability to prevent tooth decay.

Which side you believe will affect the health of your family. Before you rule out fluoride use as dangerous or inconsequential, carefully consider the benefits of fluoride that the latest research shows. It can make a big difference in your child’s dental health!

How Fluoride Works

Fluoride is absorbed systemically by teeth that are still developing. This helps strengthen the enamel before the tooth emerges. Fluoride can also reinforce enamel when teeth are exposed to it in the mouth. Topical fluoride can even help remineralize areas that are prone to tooth decay.

Fluoride comes in a variety of forms:

  • Supplements
  • Toothpaste
  • Rinse
  • Varnish (professional use)

Supplement Oral Hygiene

Children often have a hard time removing harmful plaque from their mouths during brushing. The great thing about fluoride is that it can penetrate plaque. Teeth will still get some protective benefit from this mineral even if some acidic plaque is left on them. Plaque is also easily trapped in the mix of adult and baby teeth that many kids have. Fluoride is especially effective for kids!

Avoid Future Dental Expense

By preventing cavities now through fluoride use, you’re helping your child plan for a future of dental health. Strong tooth enamel and excellent oral hygiene will ward off problems that can lead to a lot of pain and cost down the road.

Get your child’s dental health off to the best start by scheduling an examination at your local dental office.

Posted on behalf of:
Allen Dentistry
551 W McDermott Dr
Allen, TX 75013
(972)359-9950

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