Fluoride and Decay Prevention
Many years ago scientists started to notice that children who were born and raised in areas with natural fluoride in drinking water had fewer cavities than children in other areas. They studied the elemental properties of fluoride and concluded that it made teeth more resistant to tooth decay. Fluoride, in other words helps children have stronger teeth and reduces the need for dental treatment. At proper levels, fluoride absorbs into your body when teeth are forming (during mom’s pregnancy to early childhood) and integrates into the structure of enamel making it stronger.
After teeth eruption, fluoride found in your toothpaste, mouthwash, or in what your dentist places on your teeth still has a positive effect on your teeth. It strengthens the enamel and reduces the chance of tooth decay.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends fluoridated toothpaste. Children between ages one and three can brush with fluoridated toothpaste so long as the amount use is no more than a smear or rice sized amount. Children aged three to six should use no more than a pea size amount of fluoridated toothpaste.
If your children live in an area that has no fluoride in its drinking water, you should consult your dentist and physician as to their diet and whether there is a need for supplemental fluoride.
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It must be given in proper quantities, according to age, and the geographic area in which each child lives. For this reason you must consult your pediatric dentist, who will inform you properly, about the dosage and the way of use according to your child’s needs.