Like all other consumable substances, fluoride is another item that should be talked about with your dentist to see if you or your child needs more in their diet. That being said, do toddlers need fluoride? We hope to answer that question for parents worrying about their tiny people’s even tinier teeth!
What is Fluoride used for?
Fluoride is ‘nature’s cavity fighter’ and occurs naturally in varying amounts in water sources such as rivers, lakes and even the oceans. Fluoride is naturally present to some extent in certain foods and beverages but the levels vary widely. To help protect teeth from cavities, fluoride is also added to some dental products such as toothpaste.
Do I need more Fluoride?
That’s a question you should ask your dentist during your routine check up. Depending on the amount you receive in your diet, your dentist may recommend an additional tablet or usable item that will help with the fluoride level in your body.
Community water fluoridation is simply the addition of fluoride to drinking water to increase the natural fluoride level up to the recommended level that helps prevent cavities. As of 2012, almost 75 percent of the U.S. population is served by fluoridated community water systems.
However this may not be enough. If you’re having teeth sensitivity (cavity) issues such as:
- Toothache, spontaneous pain or pain that occurs without any apparent cause;
- Tooth sensitivity;
- Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold;
- Visible holes or pits in your teeth;
- Brown, black or white staining on any surface of a tooth;
- Pain when you bite down;
..then make an appointment with your dentist to see how fluoride supplements can be introduced in your life.
Does my Toddler need Fluoride?
That a great question, and it’s something that needs to be discussed with your toddler’s dentist. It’s not impossible for a toddler or young child to develop cavities in their ‘baby teeth’, but unless they have the full communication abilities that adult have it might be difficult to tell what’s going on inside their mouth.
However, if you notice your toddler or child reacts negatively when ingesting something sweet, hot or cold, pain when they bite down, or you notice the visible signs of a cavity in their mouth you should schedule a dentist appointment. While your toddler may be experiencing normal teething pains it’s better to have a check-up with your dentist than to assume anything else! From that point, your dentist can recommend the next best step for your child’s oral health – including fluoride treatment.
Do you have any questions about the use of fluoride and your baby’s oral health? Call Westermeier Martin Dental care to schedule an appointment with your dentist 716-508-4547.