The answer is an emphatic YES ! YES! I know there has been and still is public controversy over the use of fluorides to help prevent tooth decay. That said however, as a practicing Dentist for over 40 years, I know that the  daily use of a controlled amount of fluoride is SAFE and extremely beneficial for tooth development. I’ve seen and witnessed the benefits of fluoride first hand on many occasions in my dental office .

Fluoride is one of the most effective elements for preventing tooth decay. This mineral combines with tooth emamel to strengthen it against decay.Fluoride may also actually reverse microscopic cavities by enhancing the process by which minerals, including calcium, are incorporated into the teeth.

The most effective and ecnomical way a child can get fluoride’s protection is by drinking fluoridated water. That said, there are other ways of getting the fluoride benefits if a child is living in a area where the water system is NOT fluoridated.

                                         * Taking prescribed fluoride tablets or drops

                                         * Topical fluoride appications in a dental office

                                         * Brushing with tooth pastes containing Fluoride

                                         * Using a fuoride mouthrinse

If you are doubtful regarding the benefits of fluoride on the teeth , approach your dentist or family doctor on the subject. Get the necessary information so that you can make an informed decision as to the fluoride requirements your child needs.  Fluoride is important in fighting tooth decay! Over the years, it has been well documented that the mineral, FLUORIDE, can help reduce the rate of tooth decay in children.

Although it appears to be more beneficial for young children, whose teeth are just developing, adults who become more susceptible to root surface cavities can also benefit. Fluoride mouth rinses and the topical application of gels and pastes containing fluoride have been found to be very helpful in reducing the rate of decay in adults who may have root cavity issues;

The recommended daily dosage of fluoride in the water supply is .25 part per million (ppm) for children 6 months to 3 years old. For children ranging from 3-6 years of age, the dosage recommended is 0.5 ppm  The dosage recommended for childen from 6-16 years  is 1.0 ppm.

You may ask the question, “Can  I get too much Fluoride ?” In general, the use of fluoride is considered safe unless it’s misused or highly concentrated. An excess consumption or use of fluoride can cause a harmless cosmetic discoloration or mottling of the tooth enamel.  This is often referred to as FLUOROSIS. It is visible as chalky white specks  and lines or pitted and brown stained enamel on developing teeth. If fluorosis causes the unsightly staining of the teeth, tooth coloured restorations may be required to improve the appearance of the affected teeth.

Find out what the fluoride content of your public water supply is. If there is not enough present, you will want to consider giving your children fluoride supplements. Remember, too much of anything is not good but a controlled amount like 1ppm of fluoride per day, can be extremely beneficial. At the present time, fluoride supplements come in the form of  drops, tooth pastes, mouth rinses, and gel -tray applications .   

To avoid fluorsis, avoid swallowing toothpaste or other topical supplements that have fluoride content. Check to be sure that you are taking the recommended dosage of systemic supplements. Since children are more vulnerable to dental fluorosis, they are at greater risk if they swallow or overuse tooth pastes and fluoride supplements. Therefore, is is important that you closely monitor your child’s intake and use of fluorides in their formative years ( 3 -10 ) 

Many unsubstantiated ,Reserach Studies have stated that fluoride may be  harmful to our general health while other studies have proven that fluoride consumption at 1ppm used in a controlled environment is very beneficial and money saving! Get the information you  need before you decide for yourself. I tend to support the latter.

Many public water supplies are fluoridated . More than 144 million United States residents in more than 10,000 communities drink fluoridated water. The Environmental Protection Agency  has determined that the optimal range of fluoride in water lies between 0.7 and 1.2 ppm. Water fluoridation, is endorsed by nearly every major health and safety related organization.

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