Dental Tips Blog

Oct
21

Does Your Child Need Fluoride Supplements?

It’s extremely important for kids to get enough fluoride during childhood while their teeth are developing. Fluoride benefits the still-growing teeth when it is ingested in drinking water.

Kids need just enough fluoride to prevent decay. But too much of this mineral exposure can have an opposite effect by damaging the enamel.

So how do you know if your children are getting just the right balance of fluoride in their toothpaste and drinking water?

Safe and Effective Fluoride Levels

The American Dental Association recommends that drinking water contain a fluoride concentration of 0.7 parts per million. This is sufficient for the body to absorb what it needs over time without taking up a harmful amount.

Find out how much fluoride is in your family’s drinking water by contacting your community’s municipality. It’s a good idea to ask your child’s school, as well, if he or she drinks a lot of the water there or eats meals prepared with the school’s drinking water.

Children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years who get insufficient fluoride from their drinking water may need a supplement.

Where to Get Supplements

A fluoride supplement is only given with a dentist or pediatrician’s prescription. Not all children need them.

In the meantime, make sure your child brushes with a fluoride toothpaste every day. Toddlers and infants too young to spit out excess toothpaste should have you brush their teeth for them with just a smear of fluoride toothpaste. There’s no such thing as too much when it comes to this topical fluoride exposure!

Talk with your child’s dentist or doctor to find out more about your child’s cavity risk and how fluoride treatments can help.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Aug
20

Heard About SDF? Now Here’s the Truth

Silver diamine fluoride (abbreviated as “SDF”) has, for a little over the past year, been touted as a miracle cure for cavities.

But is it, though?

Benefits of Silver Diamine Fluoride

SDF has been approved by the FDA for use in treating extremely sensitive teeth. It’s also shown to have properties that stop bacteria in cavities, so some dentists use it off-label as an early treatment for tooth decay.

A Few Disclaimers

There are a few downsides/precautions to using SDF:

  • Although a clear fluid, SDF can stain clothes and skin
  • It takes at least two applications (a week apart) to get the anti-cavity effect
  • It tastes terrible (we’re just being honest!)
  • It will stain the decay black, not turn it white like the rest of tooth
  • Other teeth may get stained in the process
  • You can’t use SDF if you’re allergic to silver

SDF or a Filling?

At this point, not even SDF can completely replace the role that today’s fillings play.

If you have just a spot of decay, treating it a couple times with SDF may stop the infection from progressing. To restore lost tooth structure, however, you’d still have to get a dental filling.

Baby teeth should not be allowed to decay away, since cavities cause pain and even damage to adult teeth. But some children don’t handle major dental treatment very well. The same can be said of some elderly individuals with cavities on tooth roots.

SDF can make it easier to stop dangerous cavities in their tracks and prevent certain individuals from needing fillings.

To find out more about SDF and its dental applications in your area, contact your local family dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Oct
9

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

Dec
28

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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