You probably had fluoride treatments when you were younger, or have given the okay for your child to have them at some of their six month checkups. Why is fluoride so important? Well, your teeth are coated by tooth enamel, which is the hardest substance in your body. However, teeth go through a lot of wear and tear. And children are very active, risk taking, and sometimes accident prone. Once enamel is chipped or cracked, there’s no possibility for regrowth. This is why fluoride is such an important element of dental care. It hardens and strengthens enamel even more, so your teeth can act like super-heroes with suits of armor in your mouth. Try this quiz on fluoride from the Riverside dentists at Riverside Dental Group and see how much you know about fluoride.
Q1. True or false – Fluoride is produced by scientists in a laboratory by mixing several natural and man-made compounds. Q2. True or false – Many cities infuse their community water supplies with fluoride. Q3. True or false – Fluorosis is a condition caused by ingesting too much fluoride. Q4. True or false – Fluorosis is very common amongst children.
A1. FALSE – Fluoride is a natural element found in air and water. A2. TRUE – Community water fluoridation is practiced all over the world. Since WWII, when this practice became more prevalent in the US, there has been a significant drop in tooth decay. A3. TRUE – Fluorosis occurs when too much fluoride is ingested. If over-exposure to fluoride becomes an issue, incoming teeth can be greatly discolored. The stains will be intrinsic, meaning that they are internal and will not respond to whitening treatments. A4. FALSE – You’ve probably seen training toothpastes which are free of fluoride for toddlers that are too young to know how to spit. The fact is, fluorosis is not a terribly common condition, and would require swallowing a lot more than a small bit of fluoridated toothpaste. Keeping fluoridated dental products out of reach of children is a good idea. However, your dentist can make recommendations as to products and amounts that will be safe for a small child, so that they can still get a healthy amount of fluoride.
Riverside Dentists Provide Fluoride Treatments
If you or your child is due for a dental checkup, contact your Riverside dentists. We are happy to offer comprehensive dentistry for the whole family. Contact our 92506 dentist office at (951) 369-1001. We serve patients throughout Riverside County.