Fluoride has proven to be effective in minimizing childhood cavities and tooth decay. Fluoride is a key ingredient in many popular brands of toothpaste, oral gel, and mouthwash, and can also be found in most community water supplies. We, at Littleton Common Dental, are able to monitor the child’s teeth development and prescribe the necessary fluoride as per your community water supply. We also will provide chairside fluoride treatments at six month recalls for children as well as adults.
How can fluoride prevent tooth decay?
Fluoride fulfills two important dental functions. It helps prevent mineral loss from tooth enamel, and second, it promotes the remineralization of tooth enamel.
Fluoride is also essential for the wholesome formation of permanent teeth. Children require intrinsic as well as extrinsic supply of fluoride. Here at Littleton Common Dental, we assess the need of each child and help administer fluoride accordingly.
When carbohydrates (sugars) are consumed, oral bacteria feed on them and produce harmful acids. These acids attack tooth enamel – especially in children, and adults who take medications or produce less saliva. Repeated acid attacks result in cavities, tooth decay, and childhood periodontal disease. Fluoride protects tooth enamel from acid attacks and reduces the risk of childhood tooth decay.
Fluoride is especially effective when used as part of a good oral hygiene regimen. Reducing the consumption of sugary foods, brushing and flossing regularly, and visiting the pediatric dentist biannually, all supplement the work of fluoride and keep young teeth healthy.
Does my child need fluoride supplements?
We recommend an in-office visit from an as early age as two years. This will be a friendly visit to familiarize the child, assess the diet, oral health needs and the need for fluoride supplementation. The need for an at home fluoride supplement will be made by the dental professional based on the child’s general health history, the sugar content in the child’s diet and the level of community water fluoridation.
If you have questions or concerns about fluoride or fluorosis, please contact our office.