Myths and Facts About Fluoride and Why Our Houston Pediatric Dental Patients Need it
Both kids and adults need fluoride for healthy teeth. This is especially true for young children who are in the process of losing their baby teeth (milk teeth) and are gradually getting their adult teeth (permanent teeth). Here are just some of the common myths about fluoride, their truths, and why our Houston pediatric dentists encourage fluoride in kids.
Myth #1: Children Who Drink Fluoridated Water Will Develop Dental Fluorosis
Fluorosis is a condition that causes hypomineralization of the teeth, leading to streaks and discoloration on the teeth. We understand why parents may be concerned, but this only occurs when children misuse fluoride.
The amount of fluoride in water is very low because we constantly drink it, so there is no need to add excessive fluoride. Fluorosis may occur if children intentionally swallow their fluoridated toothpaste each time they brush their teeth. However, occasionally swallowing tiny amounts may happen, but it is harmless.
Myth #2: Fluoride is Unnatural and Our Bodies Don’t Need It
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in trace amounts in most water sources as well as several foods and drinks. Some foods and drinks with fluoride include grapes, raisins, wines, black tea, spinach, and potatoes. The process of fluoridation in water simply increases the amount of fluoride that is present; it doesn't create fluoride.
Myth #3: Fluoridating water is expensive
Fluoridation is not an expensive process. In fact, it costs less than it costs to treat tooth decay, so we highly recommend drinking tap water to discourage decay and the need for treatment.
Our Houston Kids Dentist Recommends Incorporating Fluoride Treatments
When kids drink fluoridated water and brush their teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste, they are strengthening their enamel, which acts as a shield against decay. By also flossing every night, they are dramatically decreasing their chances of ever suffering from tooth decay.
In order to further strengthen their teeth, we also offer fluoride treatments after their pediatric dental cleanings. If you would like to learn more about fluoride treatments, please book an appointment with us so we can examine your child’s teeth and further discuss how fluoride treatments work.