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As parents, there’s nothing better than seeing your kids smile.
Dentists are here to treat cavities, but we believe that preventing cavities is best… and that’s where fluoride can help. Millions of children have been able to avoid cavities and have stronger, healthier teeth thanks to fluoride in community tap water as well as in toothpaste – and of course, because they seek out regular dental check-ups.
Have you ever wondered why fluoride is so important?
Fluoride is the best and safest way to prevent cavities in both children and adults. Fluoride protects teeth by making them stronger and more resistant to acid – reducing the risk of cavities, and even helping reverse early signs of decay.
Fluoridated water is inexpensive and one of the best calorie-free beverage choices for kids. Try to limit the amount of sweetened drinks like fruit juice (even those labeled 100% natural), soda and sports drinks your kids drink because they can cause tooth decay – and cause weight gain from all the extra calories.
Fluoride toothpaste and fluoridated water work together. Drinking water with fluoride bathes your teeth in small amounts of fluoride throughout the day and has been found to add to the benefits of brushing with fluoride toothpaste.
Once those first teeth start coming through your child’s gums, it’s time to start brushing them with a soft, child-sized toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. Keep an eye out and make sure they don’t swallow much. Once your child can spit (about age 3), a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is sufficient, making sure that they spit after brushing. Parents should supervise brushing until at least six.
Fluoride treatments at the dentist prevent cavities by strengthening the hard, outer shell of teeth, and they may even reverse very early cavities that have just started forming. Assure your kids that it’s quick and painless and that the dentist will simply paint a thin layer of fluoride varnish on their teeth. It will feel sticky and your child may be advised to avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after getting the treatment.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.
There’s never been a better time to help your kids develop good oral hygiene habits. We can help, so call us today to schedule your child’s dental appointment.
About Dr. Hylan
Dr. Brad Hylan has a remarkable zest for life, and is the first to admit that he loves a good adventure and is always willing to try new things. As a dentist, his mission is to make a difference in his patient’s lives, their overall health and of course… their smiles!