It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month

February 14, 2023

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The theme for National Children’s Dental Health Month in February 2023 is “Brush, Floss, Smile.” Tooth decay is a major health problem for children, and cavities can lead to severe toothache, infection, and even tooth loss if left untreated. To help your child’s smile thrive, it’s important to provide them with the tools they need to keep cavities at bay.

At Dentique Dental, we recommend fluoride to boost your child’s tooth health. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in soil, water, and air, as well as in small amounts in certain foods. When absorbed by the body, it is stored in bones and teeth, strengthening tooth enamel and reducing damage from dental plaque. Fluoride is especially effective in children, as their bones and teeth are still growing.

Despite its benefits, there are many myths about fluoride that can cause concern for parents. For example, some people believe that fluoridated water can lead to fluorosis in children, but in reality, fluoridation levels in drinking water are very low. Additionally, there is no evidence to support the idea that fluoride causes autism or that it is unnatural, as it is a naturally occurring mineral.

At Dentique Dental, we offer both topical and systemic fluoride to our patients. Topical fluoride, which is available over-the-counter or by prescription, can be used in toothpaste and oral rinses. Systemic fluoride is absorbed by the digestive system and travels through the bloodstream to all organs, including the teeth. Children ages 6 months to 16 years should get some fluoride each day, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

In addition to fluoride, good daily oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and regular dental checkups can help keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong. At Dentique Dental, we are committed to providing your family with the dental care they need to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.

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