If you’ve heard about fluoride at a dental office recently, it’s probably because this naturally-occurring mineral plays a big role in preventing tooth decay. Fluoride works by strengthening tooth enamel and making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria and sugars in the mouth. Whether or not your child needs extra fluoride depends on a variety of factors (heredity being one of them), but overall there is a pretty well-established correlation between more fluoride and less tooth decay.
How to Get Additional Fluoride When Needed
There are two ways that your child can get additional fluoride: in topical form, or systemic. Topical fluoride is applied directly to the surface of the tooth, in a variety of ways, including mouthwash, toothpaste, or even fluoride treatment at the dentist’s office. Systemic, or swallowed, fluoride includes fluoridate...
Every dentist wants to ensure children’s teeth are as healthy as possible, and one of the first preventive measures they will usually recommend is dental sealants. In fact, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends placing dental sealants on the first and second set of permanent molars, which generally come in at 6 and 12 years of age. But what are dental sealants, how do they work, and why should you choose them for your child?
Dental sealants are hardened plastic shields, placed on the chewing, or occlusal, surface of molars and pre-molars, which seal the surface of the tooth. Sealants work by keeping food and other bacteria-causing material from getting trapped in the tooth and causing decay -- which can ultimately lead to cavities. In one study, kids who got sealant treatment had half the tooth decay of children who brushed regularly but didn...
Should you Worry about Your Baby Damaging Their Teeth?
For the most part, parents don’t mind what their kids are doing when they sleep, so long as they’re sleeping -- but is teeth grinding (or “bruxism”) bad for them? Since babies lead a relatively carefree existence, we assume this sometimes stress-related habit is uncommon for kids, but in fact more than 30% of kids do grind their teeth at night. So, while teeth grinding is real, is it more or less danger