The Importance of Fluoride

Children can have stronger teeth by making sure they get fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps the teeth develop and protects them from tooth decay. Fluoride has been incorporated into our public water systems and has helped in making Americans’ teeth stronger. However, just adding fluoride to our water will not give your children the amount they need for their teeth.

In addition to fluoride-containing water, toothpaste containing fluoride is a great way to apply this important mineral to your children’s teeth daily. For children, just a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is recommended. Infants up to 12 months old should not be given fluoride toothpaste, and 3 years old and under should only be given a very small amount (just a smear).

Fluoride can also be applied to your children’s teeth at our office. During their visit, we can apply fluoride varnish to their teeth and it will stay on their teeth for several hours. This will also help strengthen their teeth.

Can your children be exposed to too much fluoride? Excessive amounts of fluoride can cause white spots and streaks on the teeth. In serious cases, it may discolor the teeth or change the texture. Your dentist can talk to you about your child’s fluoride exposure to ensure that they are getting the right amount. Although too much could change the appearance of the teeth, too little may not make them strong enough.

Are you interested in talking to your pediatric dentist about fluoride applications? Call Katy Kids Dentist today to set up a consultation! Your dentist can discuss the benefits of fluoride and help you determine how much your child needs.