What Parents Should Know About FluoridePublished 03/27/2014
Children’s dentists will agree that it’s never too early to begin caring for your baby’s teeth. Early dental care can prevent a number of problems from occurring down the road. However, as with most things in a child’s life, oral care should be done in stages. This is especially true when it comes to using Fluoride.
Oral Care For Babies
Dentists for babies recommend using gauze to gently wipe your babies gums even before teeth come in. Once the first tooth comes in, it is the perfect time to schedule his or her first check up. At this point you can also begin brushing your child’s teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water.
When To Start Using Fluoride Toothpaste?
The American Dental Association recommends that children begin using fluorinated toothpaste at the age of two. However, you should ask your family dentist about the appropriate time for your child to begin using fluoride. Children should only use a pea-sized amount when brushing. Additionally, children under the age of six should be supervised while they are brushing with fluorinated toothpaste.
The main reason that fluoride is a concern for children who are under the age of six is because they are more likely to swallow the toothpaste. Swallowing the little bit of toothpaste that is used for brushing is not likely to cause any harm. However, over time, this can lead to a condition called dental fluorosis. This is a condition that occurs when the teeth are repeatedly exposed to high amounts of fluoride when they are developing. It causes discoloration of the enamel.
The Benefits Of Fluoride
- Helps Reduce The Risk Of Tooth Decay
- Fluoride makes the teeth more resistant to acid attacks. This acid comes from the sugar and bacteria inside of the mouth and it triggers tooth decay. That is why many dentists also recommend that children get fluoride treatments during their dental visits.
- Reverse Early Tooth Decay
- Not only can fluoride prevent tooth decay, but it can also prevent tooth decay from progressing. Many dentists agree that fillings are not always required for early tooth decay.
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