Fluoride for Kids: When is Supplemental Stannous Fluoride Recommended?

family dentist centennial pediatric dentistStudies have shown for decades that fluoride is beneficial for strengthening your teeth and fighting cavities in children and adults.  In fact, studies over recent years have shown that fluoride has significantly reduced the number of cavities and has even reversed early signs of cavities.

For these reasons, it’s important to start early and find the right family or pediatric dentist in Centennial, CO for your children. A simple check up is all it takes to determine whether they are receiving enough fluoride in your water or not.

How Do You Know if Your Child is Getting Enough Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that can be found in all water sources.  You can get fluoride in two forms: systemic and topical.  You can get fluoride systemically by drinking fluoridated community water.  The recommended amount of water fluoridation in community drinking water is 0.7 parts fluoride per million parts water.

Not all communities provide fluoridated drinking water, however.

Talk with Dr. Young  about the water in your home’s county to determine if she recommends supplemental stannous fluoride.  Fluoride Supplements come in lozenges, drops and tablet forms.

They are recommended for children ages 6 months to 16 years old who have a high risk for cavities and live in an area with non-fluoridated drinking water.

In addition to systemic methods, fluoride can also be applied topically to the teeth by using fluoridated toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth.  It is recommended that a child under 3 years of age have a caregiver brush their teeth with a small amount of toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice).

More Isn’t Always Better

Although fluoride is beneficial to bone strong teeth and bones, there is such a thing as too much fluoride. Although it isn’t generally a concern in Centennial, in some areas of the country, fluoride occurs at elevated levels within the natural soil and water systems. If too much fluoride is ingested over time can cause staining or irregularities in the enamel called fluorosis.

Because of this, children ages 3-6 years old should only use a “pea-sized” amount of fluoridated toothpaste to brush their teeth. That way if any is swallowed, it won’t be very much.

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Your child’s dentist or dental hygienist can also topically apply a more concentrated version of fluoride in the forms of a foam, gel or rinse after a professional dental cleaning, when tooth surfaces are clean and can absorb the fluoride better.

Are You Looking for a Pediatric Dentist in Centennial CO?

Come in and visit Young Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Centennial CO, where young patients are always welcome.  Dr. Kathleen Young would be happy to meet you and your child.  She can determine whether stannous fluoride supplementation should be part of your child’s dental care.  Schedule your child’s appointment today!

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