At Weeder Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Greg Weeder and our experienced team are pleased to help your child in La Vista, Nebraska achieve top-notch oral health and to preserve their healthy smiles. Today we want to discuss how fluoride works as another important tool in their smile care kit to protect their pearly whites.
Because dental cavities are the most common disease in children around the globe, and fluoride is one of the most effective ways to prevent cavities. Fluoride makes the teeth stronger and more resistant to the harmful effects of acid. This acid results from bacteria in the mouth feeding off sugars from our food and drinks, and this acid wears down tooth enamel.
Tap Water Beats Bottled Water
Although all water beats soda, sports drinks, and sweetened fruit juice when it comes to hydrating without contributing to cavities, most bottled water doesn’t have fluoride in it. Tap water, which usually has added fluoride in the water supply, contains just the right amount, thanks to standards set by the EPA. Essentially, drinking water with fluoride helps stop cavities before they start.
Other sources of fluoride include toothpaste — please use only the recommended amount and make sure they spit it out when done — and professional dental fluoride treatment, which applies a thin layer of varnish to the teeth.
Thanks to fluoride’s proven track record of preventing cavities, fluoride in tap water is a top public health achievement in the 20th century according to the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the 20th Century.
Fluoride is an important tool to keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong. To learn more about fluoride or to schedule a visit with our dentist, please call us at (402) 932.1177 today. Dr. Greg Weeder and our Weeder Pediatric Dentistry team in La Vista, Nebraska, look forward to helping your child create a healthy smile!