We all shudder when we look back at those dreadful dentist appointments years ago that involved putting that nauseating fluoride on our teeth every six months. If you’ve made it past your 18th birthday, you’re probably thankful you don’t have to go through that again. You may even go as far as to think, maybe I shouldn’t put my child through that. How big of a difference could it possibly make anyway. Right?
Wrong. Fluoride is super important, especially in the developmental years. And especially if your child is seeing an orthodontist. Franklin Lakes luckily has some of the best orthodontists around. Fluoride prevents us from getting cavities every day, as it’s in the water we drink from the faucet when we brush our teeth. Think of it like this. If professional dental health professionals are doing it, they probably have a good reason for it. But if that’s not enough for you, then here’s a more detailed explanation of exactly how that fluoride is protecting your teeth from decaying.
- Fluoride strengthens enamel development. Tooth decay, by definition, happens when plaque transforms to acid, which causes certain minerals in your tooth enamel to be depleted. This process is called demineralization. It occurs when sugars are consumed from food and drink. But with a healthy mouth and only moderate sugar intake, saliva can neutralize the sugar, at which point your teeth can remineralize. And with sufficient amounts of fluoride in developmental stages of life, you can preserve and even strengthen your enamel, allowing more effective remineralization and less chance of getting a cavity.
- Fluoride reduces bacteria’s ability to produce plaque. Not only does fluoride help you combat the acid that develops out of plaque and attacks your gums and teeth, but it also keeps the plaque from even developing in the first place. Kids these days eat a lot of sugar. Probably too much, seeing as how diabetes is appearing at nearly epidemic proportions amongst teens and younger. But that’s a discussion for another day. The point here is that kids are going to eat their sugar. They will probably consume more sugar as kids than as adults, at a stage of life where their teeth are weaker and less equipped to combat plaque. That’s why fluoride is especially important when they are under 18.
The exact effects and the extent of the benefits of fluoride are still being researched today. However, what is known for sure is that it has roundly positive effects and is a necessary evil, even it’s a bit uncomfortable. So remember that next time your child goes to the children’s dentist. Franklin Lakes dentists will take good care of him or her. Moreover, your child’s teeth will be more equipped for when he or she goes to the orthodontist. Franklin Lakes also also has great orthodontists. If you’re interested in setting up an appointment either for pediatric dentistry or orthodontics, you can call Pediatric Dental Associates now at (201) 794-1906, or contact them here. Pediatric Dental Associates has the quality you need to keep your kids’ teeth looking and feeling fresh.