Getting enough fluoride is great for the health and strength of your child’s teeth. At our practice, we’ll educate you about how much fluoride your small child needs, and how much is too much. During your child’s regular cleaning and checkup, we offer a special fluoride varnish that will help your child maintain their great oral health and grow into a beautiful, healthy, smile. Good news! We live in a fluoridated community and are receiving optimal levels of fluoride in our tap water. You can read more about fluoride at the American Dental Association.
Fluoride is an extremely well known mineral that many parents and consumers actively look for in their oral health products. Many products contain fluoride, however getting professional fluoride treatment during your dental visit provides that extra layer of protection that consumer products can’t.
Fluoride is a natural occurring mineral found all around us. This includes our water, soil, rocks, air in addition to our teeth and bones. Dentists will use fluoride to help patients strengthen the enamel of their teeth to help fight off plaque and bacteria.
What are the Benefits of Dental Fluoride
Everyone knows that fluoride is good for your teeth, however few know beyond that. Here are some specific benefits of dental fluoride:
- Fluoride strengthen primary and permanent teeth
- Fluoride can reverse the effects of tooth decay (remineralization)
- Fluoride even helps harden teeth that have not emerged yet
- Fluoride help prevent bacteria from growing on your teeth
Fluoride is often thought to just help coat teeth that have already grown into place, however fluoride goes way beyond this. Fluoride helps overall bone development and growth of the permanent teeth that many of your children have not erupted yet. That means fluoride treatment today has residual benefits for the future strength and development of permanent teeth.
In addition, fluoride can also assist in remineralization. This is when the process of decay has been reversed and a weakened tooth fights back against plaque. A tooth can then push back the decay and hold off further day and even eliminate signs of tooth decay.
Professional Fluoride Dental Treatment at Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry
During your child’s visit, not only will we educate you on how much fluoride your child will benefit from, we will also apply a professional dental fluoride treatment. At the visit we will apply a special fluoride varnish to supplement the regular cleaning and check up.
Professional fluoride dental treatment will typically be administered every 6 months at the regular check up, however depending on the conditions of the teeth, Dr. Dan and the team may adjust the frequency of fluoride treatments.
Fluoride Levels in McKinney, TX
Great news! McKinney is a fluoridated community that receives water that has about a 0.26 – 0.38 ppm of fluoride. This is the same amount that is found in natural water. While having the water be on the same level as natural water, the CDC, EPA and American Dental Association do recommend levels of 0.7 ppm of fluoride.
Therefore, we encourage parents to make up this difference by purchasing oral care products with fluoride. In addition, this provides more reasons for children to come to their dental visit as Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry can provide professional fluoride treatments.
Preventing Dental Fluorosis
Yes, you can have too much fluoride. Therefore it’s important to not overdo the consumption of products with fluoride and to check in with your dentist. When receiving too much fluoride, patients can be at risk for dental fluorosis.
Patients are most susceptible to dental fluorosis before the age of 9 as dental fluorosis occurs when too much fluoride accumulates under the gum while your permanent teeth are still developing. Once all permanent teeth have grown out though, the risk for dental fluorosis severely drops.
As always, Dr. Dan and the Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry staff can help monitor the levels of fluoride in your child’s smile and direct you on whether or not they are receiving too much or too little fluoride.