Did you know that cavities are the most common disease in both children and adults worldwide? Besides frequent dental visits, one of the best and safest ways to prevent your children from getting cavities is fluoride. In our efforts to help educate our patients, we’ve answered a list of questions that many parents frequently ask.
Why is fluoride important?….
Fluoride protects teeth by making them stronger and more resistant to acid. Not only does it reduce the risk of cavities, it can even help reverse signs of tooth decay.
Where is fluoride found?
Fluoride can be found naturally in certain foods and has been added to the water supply in certain areas. Fluoride is also added to some dental products like toothpaste.
Should my child use fluoride toothpaste?
The AAP and ADA recommend using a “smear” of toothpaste (size of a grain of rice) for children younger than 3 years old. For children ages 3 to 6, dispense no more than a pea-sized amount.
Should I worry if my child swallows fluoride?
If your child is using the recommended amount of toothpaste, there is no need to worry. Just make sure you’re continuously supervising them until the age of 6.
What is a kid-friendly way to explain fluoride to my children?
Explain to your kids that the fluoride in their toothpaste is a superpower that helps fight against the sugar bugs (bacteria) that cause cavities. Assure them that if they continue brushing and flossing their teeth two times a day, for two minutes a day, they’re helping in the fight to protect their teeth.
If you’re looking for a superior pediatric dentist on Long Island to care for your little one’s teeth, look no further than Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County. For more questions or tips on how to keep your child’s teeth healthy, give us a call! We offer a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times.
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