Fluoride gets some bad press for being dangerous for children’s health. Here are some facts about fluoride from the Smile Town Langley team that we hope will help set your mind at ease.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral found in food, water, and soil to different degrees. It's main function in dentistry is to strengthen the enamel of teeth, and help prevent and even reverse dental decay.
Fluoride intake a critical element in the dental development of children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years, since during this time, their teeth (both primary and permanent) are developing.
Is Fluoride Safe?
Fluoride is only dangerous if the dose is too high. It is can be toxic in extremely high doses, and too much fluoride may actually have negative effects on tooth enamel. It can cause fluorosis, which presents itself on the teeth as white specks or brown discolouration. This is typically the result of naturally-occurring fluoride, and is most common in children under 6.
However, when fluoride is used as prescribed and with careful supervision, its positive effects on dental health cannot be underestimated.
Why Does my Child Need Fluoride Treatment?
The dentist may recommend fluoride treatment, or the use of fluoride rinses or toothpastes if your child does not take in sufficient amounts of fluoride from food and water.
Your Langley children's dentist will take all of your child’s fluoride sources into consideration before commencing with a treatment plan. If your child gets enough fluoride from food and drink, then the dentist will not prescribe a fluoride treatment.