ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT YOUR CHILD GETTING CAVITIES? One concern many patients share is children getting cavities. This is completely understandable especially with children still learning to brush and floss. At a young age, oral health care isn’t exactly top priority in a kid’s day to day. So what else can parents do to make sure their children’s oral health is in good shape? One of the options is fluoride!
FLUOURIDE! Fluoride is actually beneficial to everyone, especially those who aren’t able to upkeep with regular dental care. The best part is, fluoride is natural. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans and in many foods. Fluoride is naturally in the tap water in some parts of the USA. Some cities and towns opt to add fluoride to the tap water. Fluoride can also be directly applied to the teeth at your local dental offices or through toothpastes and mouth washes.
WHAT DOES IT DO? Fluoride helps prevent cavities and can repair teeth. Cavities are caused by the acid producing bacteria also known as plaque that goes around your teeth and gums that attack the enamel. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque and sugars in the mouth. Prevention of tooth decay will save you from pain, spread of infections, or loss of tooth. This also means you can avoid money being spent on treatments such as fillings, root canals, crowns, or extractions.