It’s not unusual for children to get cavities. As a parent, you want to help your child avoid tooth decay if at all possible. Luckily, there are several ways to keep your kid’s smile healthy, such as brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings at the dentist. There’s also fluoride. Why is this essential to good oral health?
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral found in places like soil, rocks, and water. Researchers first noticed its impact on teeth in the 1930s. Kids who drank water with natural fluoride had fewer cavities than those who didn’t. On the other hand, the kids with stronger teeth also had stains from the fluoride. Health experts identified the right amount of the mineral, giving people stronger teeth without the stains! They added fluoride to public water systems and significantly reduced cavities. It’s considered one of the greatest public health achievements ever.
Why Is Fluoride So Good at Preventing Cavities?
Acid-producing bacteria cause cavities. Fluoride reduces that acid and protects your teeth. Fluoride also strengthens tooth enamel and can reverse decay in its earliest stage! By applying fluoride treatments to a child’s teeth, we reduce their chances of getting cavities.
Where Does My Child Get Fluoride?
Most public water systems have fluoride, so your child gets a safe amount every time they drink a glass of tap water. ADA-approved toothpaste also contains fluoride. If your water doesn’t contain added fluoride and your child’s teeth are suffering, there are supplements. Fluoride treatments at the dentist’s office are another good way to get needed fluoride.
Preventing Tooth Decay at Helotes Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in San Antonio
Our dentists are committed to providing child-friendly, comprehensive care to our patients. We value preventive care like fluoride treatments and dental cleanings. If you have questions about how fluoride works or you’re concerned about the amount your child is getting, please contact us! We’re also available if you would like to schedule an appointment.