Fluoride is an important part of good oral and dental health. It keeps the enamel on your teeth strong and healthy and helps to prevent cavities, which could reduce the need for cosmetic dentistry services later in life. Read on to learn more about this vital substance and how it can benefit oral health.
Fluoride is found in drinking water from city or county municipalities, and sometimes in community wells, but generally not in private wells. Everyone needs fluoride, even babies, but you should speak to your child's pediatrician or dentist before providing a fluoride supplement.
Despite its benefits, it is possible to have too much fluoride. Be aware of whether your child is drinking fluoridated water, using fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash, and getting a fluoride supplement all at the same time. In addition, make sure that you don't start using a toothpaste with fluoride too early in your children’s lives, as kids can swallow it and ingest too much of this substance.
Along the same lines, most kids shouldn't use fluoridated mouthwash until they are about six years old, but your dentist can advise you of the exact age when your child should begin. Kids should be able to spit mouthwash out after rinsing, and supervision is needed to ensure that they never swallow it.
It’s important to remember that adults need fluoride, too. If you aren't drinking fluoridated water, which can happen if you tend to only consume bottled water, you need to make sure you're using a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash, as keeping your dental enamel strong through exposure to fluoride can prevent the need for having cavities filled.
If you live in the Manhattan area, come see Dr. Kenn Kakosian, DDS for all of your dentistry needs. In addition to general dentistry, we offer teeth whitening and veneers to keep your smile looking great. Call (888) 775-8116 today to schedule an appointment.