Why Might My Child Need Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally and it can be found in some water supplies and in certain foods. It is extremely important that young children receive adequate fluoride as it helps to make their teeth more resistant to decay. Fluoride is able to do this by increasing the resistance of teeth to acid attack. Every day teeth come under attack from acids found in foods and from acid produced by bacteria in the mouth. This begins a process called demineralisation, where essential minerals including fluoride are removed from the tooth surfaces. As the mouth becomes less acidic, a process called remineralisation occurs, where some of these minerals are re-deposited back into the tooth surfaces. Fluoride helps to speed up this process.
How Can I Ensure My Child Receives Sufficient Fluoride?
We can talk to you about your child’s fluoride intake, including the use of fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash. If necessary, we will provide additional fluoride in the form of a varnish. Fluoride varnish is simply painted onto clean tooth surfaces and is left for a few hours or even overnight to penetrate the teeth before being brushed off.
It is a great idea to book a visit to Dental Expressions soon after they get their first tooth or by age one. This might seem very young but it enables us to check their teeth and jaws are developing correctly and to answer any questions you might have about looking after them.
How Often Should My Child Have a Check-Up?
We like to see children every six months for a check-up as this allows us to see if they have any dental problems such as tooth decay so we can take action early on through filling the tooth. Dental check-ups focus on preventative dental care and are very non-invasive. With regular preventative dental care, you child’s chances of developing any dental problems are greatly reduced and they are more likely to grow up with strong, healthy teeth and a nicely proportioned smile