We all know that cavity prevention is important to the oral and general health of our children. It has been proven that fluoride is a valuable tool in the fight against tooth decay. Fluoride is extracted from the natural element fluorine which is found in rock formations. When fluoride is added to the public water supply that we drink and use to cook with, it forms an effective anti-cavity agent.
Besides our water reserve, there are many dental products on the market that contain fluoride. Because of the evidence of a notable percentage of kindergarten age children having cavities by the time they are ready to go to school, scientists working with the American Dental Association have determined that children should be exposed to a fluoride toothpaste as soon as their teeth begin to erupt. Parents should follow recommended guidelines for proper usage according to the child’s age.
Fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses have to be used on a regular basis to be beneficial in the prevention of cavities. There is good news on this front – a survey done by the Ad Council has shown that more parents are showing an interest in their children’s oral health than ever before. This is believed to be due in part to a campaign aimed toward making children want to brush their teeth for two full minutes, twice a day.
The foods that our children eat are clearly related to their oral health. Since the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was passed by Congress, the National School Lunch Program has resulted in more nutritious meals being available in our public school systems.
Don’t wait for symptoms to appear before you arrange for your child’s pediatric dental checkup. There may be a condition developing that has yet to show any noticeable signs. A dental x-ray can see what is going on beneath the surface and your dentist can provide treatment before a small problem becomes a major issue.
If you are ready to find a pediatric dental home for your child, refer to the patient education page on the Epic Dentistry for Kids website – epicdentistryforkids.com – and read the questions most often asked by other parents.