Fluoride is a mineral which naturally occurs in nature. Fluoride strengthens the enamel of the tooth and protects it against the harsh acid produced by the bacteria which cause cavities. Topical fluoride varnish can be applied to the tooth enamel quickly and painlessly during a regular office visit. However, too little or too much fluoride can be detrimental to the teeth, so you want to visit with our experienced pediatric dentist, Dr. McKay Garrett. To arrange your child’s fluoride treatment in Phoenix, Arizona, contact Tooth Club For Kids at 602-843-1275.
Sources of Fluoride that can increase risk of damage to adult teeth:
Fluoridated Toothpaste at an Early Age
Young children may not be able to expectorate (spit out) fluoridated toothpaste when brushing. As a result, these children may ingest an excessive amount of fluoride when they brush. Toothpaste ingestion during this critical period of permanent tooth development is the greatest risk factor in the development of fluorosis.
High level of Fluoride in Foods
Certain foods contain high levels of fluoride, especially powdered concentrate infant formula, soy-based infant formula, infant dry cereals, creamed spinach, and infant chicken products. Please read the label or contact the manufacturer. Some beverages also contain high levels of fluoride, especially decaffeinated teas, white grape juices, and juice drinks manufactured in fluoridated cities.
Parents can take the following steps to decrease the risk of fluorosis in their children’s teeth:
- Use training toothpaste on the toothbrush for children under the age of 2, unless directed by your pediatric dentist.
- Children ages 2-5 should only use a smear (grain of rice-sized) of fluoride toothpaste.
- Children ages 5+ place should have a small pea-sized drop of children’s toothpaste on the toohbrush.
- Avoid giving supplements with fluoride to your child unless the directed by your pediatric dentist and pediatrician.
- Obtain fluoride level test results for your drinking water before giving fluoride supplements to your child (check with local water utilities).