Fluoride is often called nature's cavity fighter and for good reasons. Fluoride, a naturally-occurring mineral, helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making the outer surface of the teeth, known as enamel, resistant to acid attacks that cause tooth decay.
Pediatric Dentistry of Onalaska is one of the best places for all forms of preventive dental care, including fluoride treatment, for children. Call us at 608-781-9114 to schedule an appointment.
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Use Toothpaste and Mouth Rinse With Fluoride
Toothpaste with fluoride has been responsible for a significant drop in cavities since 1960. For best results, look for one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, to make sure it contains fluoride.
Take a Fluoride Supplement!
Available by prescription only, fluoride supplements are available in tablet, drop and lozenge forms. Fluoride supplement is recommended only for children between the ages of six months to 16 years, who are living in areas without adequate amounts of fluoride in their community drinking water, and those who are at high risk of developing cavities.
Talk to your dentist, pediatrician or family physician about your child's specific fluoride needs.
For Additional Information on Fluoride, Visit the Following Sites:
The American Dental Association's Fluoride and Fluoridation website
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Water Foundation website
Campaign for Dental Health website
5 Reasons Why Fluoride in Water is Good for Communities
Prevents tooth decay. Fluoride in water is the most efficient way to prevent one of the most common childhood diseases – tooth decay. An estimated 51 million school hours and 164 million work hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness. Community water fluoridation is so effective at preventing tooth decay that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named it one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
Protects all ages against cavities. Studies show that fluoride in community water systems prevents at least 25 percent of tooth decay in children and adults, even in an era with widespread availability of fluoride from other sources, such as fluoride toothpaste.
Safe and effective. For 70 years, the best available scientific evidence consistently indicates that community water fluoridation is safe and effective. It has been endorsed by numerous U.S. Surgeons General, and more than 100 health organizations recognize the health benefits of water fluoridation for preventing dental decay, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Saves money. The average lifetime cost per person to fluoridate a water supply is less than the cost of one dental filling. For most cities, every $1 invested in water fluoridation saves $38 in dental treatment costs.
It’s natural. Fluoride is naturally present in groundwater and the oceans. Water fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride to a recommended level for preventing tooth decay. It’s similar to fortifying other foods and beverages, like fortifying salt with iodine, milk with vitamin D, orange juice with calcium and bread with folic acid.
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