How Does Fluoride Protect Little Smiles?

Along with brushing and flossing, and checkups and cleanings, your Galveston, TX dentist may suggest preventive treatments to help improve the appearance and health of the smile. With fluoride, we have a means of strengthening your children’s natural defenses against tooth decay. But how does fluoride protect little smiles?

Fluoride and Tooth Enamel

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that actually strengthens the outer layers of tooth enamel. The hardest substance in the human body, tooth enamel is designed to protect the sensitive inner layers of tooth structure, the dentin and pulp, from harmful bacteria. Which means as long as the tooth enamel stays strong, your child stays free of dental cavities. However, poor oral hygiene could enable plaque buildup, a bacterial byproduct, to form on the teeth. The buildup then weakens enamel, leading to erosion and the onset of tooth decay. Causes of poor oral hygiene could include a diet high in sugary foods and drinks, as well as lack of proper brushing and flossing.

The Benefits of Drinking Water

Consuming water instead of fruit juice, soda, energy drinks, or even sports drinks means your little one stays hydrated and healthy, without exposing the teeth to sugars and acids. However, did you know that tap water in particularly offers an additional benefit? Our tap water contains small doses of fluoride, which helps ensure stronger protection for smiles of all ages. When your children ask for a soda or juice box, instead hand them a glass of tap water!

Cavity Prevention with A Special Varnish

For children with a high risk of tooth decay, we may apply a topical fluoride in a varnish form. Application takes minutes and can be offered during each of your child’s checkup and cleaning visits. This varnish helps ensure stronger smiles and reduces the risk of tooth decay. While cavities may seem like a common and minor issues, they have been linked to serious discomfort and even infection, which could mean baby teeth are lost prematurely, a complication that could increase the risk of dental misalignment.

Along with our preventive varnish, make sure your child brushes twice a day and flosses before going to bed. You can help your infants and toddlers, and monitor your older children to ensure proper brushing and flossing. Kids aged three and older should use a fluoridated toothpaste. If you have any questions about keeping little smiles healthy and strong, then contact our team today. We can help your children enjoy strong, shining smiles!

Does Your Child Need Cavity Prevention?

If your child needs preventive and general dental care, then please let our team know. For more information on helping children enjoy healthy and bright smiles for years to come, schedule an appointment by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.