Fluoride is a well-known as a preventive tool in dental hygiene. Infused into oral hygiene products like toothpaste and mouthwash, fluoride strengthens teeth and protects against infection and decay. Park Ridge cosmetic dentists, Dr. Maria Loukas or Dr. Thanasi Loukas offer information about this incredible compound which helps keep your teeth healthy: fluoride.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element found in water and air. Water fluoridation has become one of the most common ways to keep fluoride in regular contact with our teeth. Community water fluoridation is practiced all over the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 67.1% of the U.S. population have access to fluoridated community water supplies.
Tooth Decay in Children
Baby teeth might fall out before childhood is over, but they shouldn’t be thought of as disposable. If a young child is not encouraged to brush and floss regularly, tooth decay is likely to set in. It might be years before the decaying baby tooth actually falls out on its own. In the meantime, the child with tooth decay in their primary teeth is likely to experience increasing discomfort. Fillings or other more invasive procedures like crowns, root canals, or extractions might end up being necessary. This can set a child up for a lifetime of unnecessary dental anxiety. Fortunately, such a scenario can be avoided with preventive dental care, good oral hygiene, and regular exposure to fluoride.
Is Fluorosis a Big Concern?
When it comes to fluoride, there can be too much of a good thing. To avoid a condition called fluorosis, children under age six should never be exposed to an over-abundance of fluoride. Fluorosis is a discoloration of the tooth enamel that will be seen as new teeth emerge. This develops when a little one swallows too much toothpaste, mouthwash, or other fluoridated products. Supervising young children when they brush their teeth, and keeping toothpaste and mouthrinses out of reach, can help prevent fluorosis. However, the condition isn’t terribly common.
Visit your Park Ridge Cosmetic Dentists
Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas can provide fluoride supplements to children and families to help maintain strong and healthy smiles. To schedule an appointment call Loukas General Dentistry at (847) 696-1919.