Sometimes referred to as “nature’s cavity fighter”, fluoride is a natural mineral that does wonders for our teeth. As your child’s teeth are sensitive and growing, it’s important to know what dental solutions are right for them, and to understand how they work! At Happy Trails Children Dentistry, our mission is to give every child not just a beautiful smile, but a warm and educational experience. Let’s take a look at the benefits of fluoride, and why it’s important for you, and your child’s oral health!
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in a variety of things such as toothpaste, tap water, and our bones! This impressive solution has been proven to not only fight cavities, but to also help strengthen enamel! By cleaning the outer layers of your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, it will not only make your teeth stronger, but also more resistant to acids that can harm your teeth!
From fruit, to refined carbohydrates such as pasta, it’s important to give your kids the proper tools to help their teeth sustain their diet! By giving them a toothpaste with fluoride, you are ensuring a great start to their oral health journey.
When Should They Start?
The Canadian Dental Association recommends that children start using fluoride toothpaste between the ages of three to six. Make sure to only use a pea size amount of toothpaste, and ensure your child knows how to properly clean and spit! Try to purchase a pediatric approved toothpaste in their early years to ensure nothing is too abrasive for their teeth. This is also important as children’s toothpaste will contain digestible ingredients, since children may be more prone to accidentally swallowing while brushing!
Since the water in Calgary isn’t fluoridated, parents can use a rice grain amount of fluoridated toothpaste as soon as their child’s first tooth erupts! If you are unsure, or need extra help on how to brush your children’s teeth properly, check out our blog post Teaching Your Child How To Brush Their Teeth!
Bring Your Little Ones To Calgary!
Come visit Dr. Sam and our amazing staff in Calgary. Our team is specially trained in serving children, and we want to make sure your little ones have the best experience ever! We offer tips on preventative dentistry, x-rays, and oral health exams! Give us a call at 587-576-KIDS (5437) to book your consultation today. We look forward to meeting you, and giving your child a happy and healthy smile!