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Do Children Need Fluoride

Posted on 3/21/2022 by Crossroads Family Dental
Do Children Need FluorideYou need to do more than brush your child's teeth daily to keep their teeth healthy. Having a proper oral health routine that includes brushing and routine visits to the dentist is key to keeping your child's teeth strong and healthy. At the dentist, you will be asked about your child's teeth and brushing habits, along with their water intake. Their water intake is essential for their teeth because tap water contains fluoride. Fluoride plays an integral part in cavity prevention and healthy tooth development. As soon as your child's first tooth develops, it would help if you started brushing their teeth. But, within a few weeks from their birth, you should start cleaning their gums with a soft cloth. It's essential to monitor your child while they brush their teeth so you can make sure that they are brushing and taking care of their teeth correctly. It is not recommended to use fluoride toothpaste until your child is at least two years of age once they are better at spitting while brushing so that they don't swallow the toothpaste.

Why is Fluoride Important?

Fluoride protects your child's teeth and makes them stronger and more resistant to acidic substances that your child ingests. It reduces cavities and can aid in reversing early signs of tooth decay. It would be best if you took your child to the dentist for the first time around your child's first birthday. Starting this early is vital for you and your child to create good habits and form a positive relationship with your dentist. If your baby or child has teeth, they are prone to cavities, so they should start seeing a dentist as soon as possible.

Be Aware of Too Much Fluoride

Since fluoride is naturally found in water and some foods, it's important not to expose your child to too much fluoride since it can cause diseases like dental fluorosis and more severe health issues like bone disease and neurological and thyroid problems.
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