|Statement||U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health|
|Series||NIH publication ; no. 81-1141, DHHS publication : -- no. (NID) 81-1141|
|Contributions||National Institutes of Health (U.S.), National Institute of Dental Research (U.S.)|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||1 folded sheet (5 p.) ;|
How fluoride works to protect teeth. To understand how fluoride prevents cavities, it’s important to understand what causes cavities in the first place. Your teeth have a hard coating of enamel that works like a shield to keep your teeth healthy. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your . Your child’s dentist or doctor may apply fluoride varnish to the teeth. Fluoride varnish is applied to the surface of all teeth and dries on contact. It prevents further demineralization, remineralizes the enamel and reduces the bacteria on the teeth that causes cavities. Fluoride varnish is safe and effective according to the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric . Dental Hygiene: How to Care for Your Child's Teeth. Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that strengthens teeth. Dentists can apply fluoride concentrations to the teeth using special gels, foams, or rinses. This treatment is commonly included in dental cleanings. Like sealants, your child can eat and drink normally after this treatment.
Fluoride is an important mineral for all children. Our mouths contain bacteria that combine with sugars in the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. The acid that is produced harms tooth enamel and damages teeth. Fluoride protects the teeth and can even help reverse early signs of decay. Healthy, Normal Teeth: Appear to have a smooth, glossy surface, that’s typically a pale white color.; Moderate Fluorosis: Moderate cases will affect all enamel surfaces of the teeth. The surfaces will show wear as brown staining as the main feature. Teeth can also begin to erode and even crumble. Severe Fluorosis: In severe cases of dental fluorosis, the enamel can become discolored. Your traditional dentist may very well suggest toothpaste with fluoride and a “fluoride treatment” for your child every six months. So great are the purported benefits of this chemical that it was introduced into many of our municipal public water supplies, beginning in when Grand Rapids, Michigan, added ppm (parts per million) to. So you’ve decided to skip using fluoride with your kiddos because of its toxic effects on the body. Good for you, mama! Perhaps you feel good about that decision, but up until this point, you’ve been relying on fluoride to strengthen your child’s teeth and prevent cavities from forming.
Your pediatric dentist will be able to apply a bit of fluoride coating your child’s teeth when you book an dental appointment. The process of applying the fluoride is very simple and will not hurt your child. The fluoride itself can be applied directly to your child’s teeth by gel, foam, or varnish. Important Reasons Why Children Need Fluoride. Make sure your child brushes their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. If your child is younger than 2 years, consult first with your doctor or dentist regarding the use of fluoride toothpaste. Clean your child’s teeth every day as soon as the first tooth appears by brushing without toothpaste with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush. The good news about fluoride is that it’s commonly found in many communities’ water supplies as a means of fighting tooth decay. That means tap water has fluoride in it that can help to protect your child’s teeth from cavities and decay. You can even purchase bottled water with fluoride in it. Do Your Teeth Really Need It? When used properly, fluoride is quite beneficial to your teeth by averting tooth decay. Moreover, studies have proven that the use of fluoride in toothpaste or drinking water is the most effective treatment for cavities to date. As well, too much exposure to fluoride can cause faint white streaks on the enamel, a defective condition called dental fluorosis.