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Do Your Children Need Fluoride Supplements?

Fluoride has given humans a major advantage over tooth decay. Because many of today’s kids get regular fluoride exposure from a young age, their teeth are more resistant to cavities than those of their parents.

Sometimes, however, kids don’t get enough of the fluoride their smiles need.

What Are Fluoride Supplements?

A fluoride supplement is only available by prescription and may come in a drop, tablet, or lozenge. Other topical forms can be found in over-the-counter rinses and professional topical applications.

Like other minerals or nutrients, fluoride is beneficial in safe levels and can be harmful if too much is ingested. That’s why fluoride should be used in line with a dentist’s instructions.

Who Should Have Fluoride Supplements?

A supplement delivers this mineral directly to developing teeth via the bloodstream. It’s important for kids to get enough fluoride while their teeth are growing. But once tooth development stops, the systemic (ingested) method is no longer as effective.

Kids aged 6 months to 16 years may qualify for a fluoride supplement if they haven’t gotten enough in their drinking water. Supplements are also indicated where a child is at particularly high risk for getting cavities for any other reason.

Is A Supplement Is Right For Your Child?

If your child’s primary source of drinking water contains less than 0.7 parts-per-million of fluoride, then they may need an additional source. You can contact your local health department for information on fluoride levels in your area.

Your dentist will let you know whether a supplement is right for your child based upon a complete history of his or her fluoride exposure.

Posted on behalf of:
Carolina Smiles
3244 Sunset Blvd
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 794-2273


Professional Fluoride Treatments: What are the Benefits?

When is the last time you had a fluoride treatment at the dental office? If it’s been a while, you might want to reconsider. There are a lot of benefits to this twice-a-year treatment and the way it impacts your smile differently than other fluoride sources.

Fluoride Remineralizes Compromised Tooth Enamel 

The biggest reason dentists use fluoride in their office is to strengthen weak or decalcified tooth enamel. If your teeth have white spots, are beginning to decay, or you have poor diet habits that place you at risk for cavities (think diet sodas or sports drinks a few times a day), then the fluoride can help your tooth revert back to a stronger structure.

Fluoride Combats Sensitivity

Professional fluoride treatments aren’t just for helping people avoid cavities. They can also be used to combat tooth sensitivity. If you struggle with sensitive teeth or receding gumlines, then a fluoride treatment at your dentist office can reverse symptoms for up to 3 months. If you can’t wait 3 more months for your next dental check-up, just drop by your dentist’s office for a quick re-application to get you by.

It’s Prescription Grade

Over the counter source of fluoride, like rinses and toothpastes, are good for everyday use. But sometimes “everyday use” isn’t quite good enough. For people with chronic dental problems, undergoing orthodontic therapy, or aging smiles, a prescription strength fluoride treatment is a must have.

Why would you want to jeopardize the health of your teeth when this quick option can help you save your smile’s future? Request a fluoride treatment after your next dental cleaning!

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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