February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Topics for children are endless, but one that seems to run into some controversy over and over is fluoride. Fluoridated water is considered as one of the top 10 best improvements in global health to this day. Not only is it incredible for children, but it is great for adults too!
Fluoride acts as a shield for the outer layer of enamel (your tooth), and actually has the ability to fight off early dental decay in some cases too (reverse very small cavities). Having fluoride professionally applied during a dental visit ensures your child’s teeth (or your adult teeth) have received an adequate and protective amount of fluoride to successfully obstruct acidic breakdown of the enamel layer of the teeth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all claim fluoridated water to be safe for children and an effective agent in maintaining dental health, starting at the age of six months old! It is recommended to use just a “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste for your child once the first tooth appears in the mouth. Once your child reaches age 3, one may begin using a “pea” size amount of fluoridated toothpaste.
Fluoride can reach toxic levels, but generally it is very difficult to reach those levels in OTC products. It is recommended to just keep fluoridated products away from children under the age of 6. There are more enjoyable foods than a tube of toothpaste, maybe!
As it is National Children’s Dental Health Month, our promotion is geared to your kids, and we have a $50 Savings Bond on the line! This month, we will be hosting a coloring contest for all children aged 12 and below.
Please return your child’s drawing to our office by Feb. 28th, and the winner will be selected by our office staff. Pictures are available at the office or email us at email@example.com , and we will email it back to you. We have attached a PDF that you can print out at home for the children. Please download and print from this link. OLearyDentalColoringContest
(True/False): Most bottled water contains fluoride.
2 . False
Submit your answer to our office (or email: firstname.lastname@example.org ), by February 28, 2019 to be entered in a monthly prize drawing (prizes vary month to month). Correct answers will also be entered in a surprise end of the year drawing. One entry per person. Also, don’t forget about our referral program which is not applicable with Dr. Chad’s discount on exams.
AND don’t forget, be nice to your dentist, they have fillings too!