Fluoride and Your Child

Your Boerne Children’s Dentist

At Boerne Orthodontics, your child’s oral health is our top priority. That’s why as your Boerne and Fair Oaks pediatric dentist, we’re proud to offer superior dental and orthodontic care to help your child achieve their healthiest smile. Through expert dental treatments and services, Dr. Frere, Dr. Vanderberg, and Dr. Campbell work to create the healthiest teeth and gums for children. Continue reading to learn about our fluoride application treatment and why it’s important.

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is essential for proper tooth development as well as the prevention of tooth decay. One of the major sources of fluoride is actually in the water that you drink. Most public water supplies contain fluoride, which means that you can boost the health of your teeth simply by drinking water. However, not everyone has access to fluoridated water, and in some cases, water alone may not be enough.
In these situations, we may recommend fluoride supplements for your child. Many kinds of toothpaste contain fluoride, which are great ways to make sure that your children’s teeth receive the fluoride exposure they need. Use only a pea-sized amount for children between the ages of two and six. Children under age 2 just need a tiny smear. 
At Boerne Orthodontics, Dr. Frere can provide topical fluoride applications in our dental office. It is painted right onto your child’s teeth and left to sit for a few minutes to take effect.

An infographic showing the correct amount of toothpaste for children.

Benefits of Fluoride

Tooth enamel is constantly under attack from acids which come either directly from acidic foods and drinks, or from oral bacteria that feed on sugar that is not cleaned from the mouth. Cavities form when acid eats through tooth enamel. However, when fluoride is present, it hardens enamel and makes it much more resistant to these acid attacks, keeping your teeth healthy and strong. Fluoride is even capable of repairing small cavities that are already starting to form.

Can You Be Exposed to Too Much Fluoride?

It is possible for younger children to be overexposed to fluoride as their teeth are forming beneath the gum line. This condition is known as enamel fluorosis and is characterized by a streaked appearance. While mild fluorosis can be indicated by hard-to-see white spots, more severe cases of fluorosis can cause a dark discoloration with a pitted texture. This condition isn’t harmful, but it may require cosmetic treatment in the future.
This risk for fluorosis ends around the time a child reaches the age of nine and all of the permanent teeth have fully formed. Until your child reaches that age, your Fair Oaks and Boerne kids dentists will be happy to discuss with you how much fluoride your child will need. While caution is advised, we highly suggest that parents consider all of the advantages that this helpful mineral can bring to your child’s teeth and overall health.

Contact Your Boerne and Fair Oaks Pediatric Dentist!

As your Boerne and Fair Oaks pediatric dentist, we encourage you to start your child on the path toward a lifetime of healthy smiles and book an appointment with one of our doctors today. If you have any questions regarding fluoride or anything related to your child’s oral health, give us a call at (830) 331-8008 or reach out to us at our contact page. We can’t wait to provide your child with a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime!

Boerne Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry

  • Boerne Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry - 215 W. Bandera Rd., #112, Boerne, TX 78006 Phone: (830) 331-8008

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