What is Fluoride?

Did you know?…that fluoride is a mineral that has been shown to help fight tooth decay? Fluoride helps strengthen enamel in order to help teeth resist acid attacks by cavity-causing bacteria – or “sugar bugs” as we call them at ABC.

When your child brushes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, it helps to prevent cavities and strengthen the enamel.

Did you know?…that early childhood cavities is the number one chronic disease affecting young children in the US today and that it is 5x more common that asthma.

The American Dental Association continually studies how to best prevent cavities by doing research. The use of fluoride and early preventative visits to a pediatric dentist or dentist remain keys to prevention of dental disease according to the research.

Due to the rising number of cavities in very young children, the ADA now recommends utilizing a very small amount of fluoridated toothpaste right away when a child’s tooth first comes in for maximum cavity prevention. A small smear, approximately the size of a grain of rice, is recommended for babies and infants. Around age three the amount of toothpaste can be increased to around the size of a pea for both morning and evening brushing. As with any supplement or medicine, the amount of toothpaste used should be controlled by the parent for appropriate use.

While children may want to – and feel they can – brush independently, it is necessary that a parent assist with brushing until the child has appropriate manual dexterity to do a thorough job. This usually is not until around the time they have the manual dexterity to tie their own shoes well, around age six to seven. Until that point, the child can “take a turn” brushing either before or after their parent or caregiver.

Check out these two great links:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/fluoride

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/12/dental-group-advises-fluoride-toothpaste-before-age-2/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1

For further information or questions about the benefits of utilizing fluoride toothpaste to help prevent cavities, talk to your child’s pediatric dentist or dentist or schedule an appointment at ABC Pediatric Dentistry to talk to our Team and Dr. A.