How To Use Fluoride For Better Pediatric Oral Health

How To Use Fluoride For Better Pediatric Oral Health

Posted by Stonewall Dental Associates on Apr 15 2021, 11:31 PM

While it’s essential to maintain a good oral health regimen across all age groups, it is a known fact that the dental needs of children and adults differ a lot. Kids are prone to have a sweet tooth as they like to munch on candies, chocolates, and desserts more than adults. One of the major side-effects of this is the formation of caries. Luckily, this can be prevented with the use of fluoride as part of their daily routine. However, it is essential to exercise moderation as children don’t have the same threshold for chemicals as adults do. In this blog, we will take a look at how useful fluoride is and how it needs to be used.

How fluoride prevents caries

Fluoride helps prevent caries in two different ways, via topical and systemic mechanisms, including stopping tooth demineralization, reducing bacterial metabolism, and increasing remineralization. Various studies certified by the CDC have suggested that fluoride interferes with bacteria finding home in the teeth. Although topical use of fluoride is known to provide most of the benefits, its systemic usage enables tooth development by hardening enamel, making it resistant to demineralization.

Fluoride and its availability in different forms

As mentioned earlier, fluoride is available in two forms, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

  • Topical Fluoride:The most common ones are in the form of toothpaste and mouthwashes, which can be used on a daily basis once tooth eruption occurs. The AAP also urges kids over the age of 6 to use mouth rinses to prevent caries.
  • Systemic Fluoride: Systemic fluoride is basically the use of fluoride in the form of dietary supplements in case children don’t get enough fluoride in their water.

Maintaining a child’s oral health is essential to ensure they have a productive adult life. Hence, the use of fluoride should be encouraged at an early age as part of their daily oral routine. Get in touch with your pediatric dentist to understand the right amount of fluoride to use.


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