Naturally found in most foods and water, fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque and sugars. Children under the age of 6 are advised to take fluoride since it makes demineralizing the teeth extremely difficult.
When is Fluoride Intake the Most Important?
Children and infants between the age of 6 months and 16 years should use fluoride rinse regularly. During this timeframe, the primary and permanent teeth come in. However, new research suggests that topical fluoride is just as important in fighting tooth decay as it is in firming developing teeth.
Are there Any Risks with Fluoride?
When used as directed, fluoride is both safe and effective. Parents should carefully supervise their children’s fluoride intake especially under the age of 6. Excess fluoride can cause severe defects in the tooth’s enamel which range from white specks to brown discoloration.
Please note, it is difficult to reach hazardous levels since there are such low levels of fluoride in home-based fluoride containing products.
People who drink bottled water regularly or have the following conditions should speak with Lindner Dental about special fluoride treatments:
- If you take medications that cause dry mouth
- If your gums have receded or pulled away from the teeth
- If you have/had radiation therapy to the neck or head