Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral located throughout the world. It is found in soil, fresh and salt water and in most foods we eat. This mineral may have a bad rap but in reality it has a significant, positive effect on oral health. Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to decay and can prevent or even reverse early stages of tooth decay.
The Canadian Dental Association supports the use of fluorides in dentistry as “one of the most successful preventive health measures in the history of health care. Over 50 years of extensive research throughout the world has consistently demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of fluorides in the prevention of dental caries. Provided that the intake of fluoride is carefully monitored, fluoride is considered to be a most important health measure in maintaining oral health”.
In young children, fluoride minerals are naturally incorporated into the developing permanent teeth. This process helps prevents decay from developing and can even reverse early stages of decay.
Early childhood tooth decay can be painful, may cause infection and is difficult and expensive to treat. Therefore, by a child’s first birthday, the parents should consult a health professional knowledgeable in the areas of early childhood tooth decay and the benefits of fluoride. Your health professional will help to determine the child’s risk of developing tooth decay and whether there would be a benefit from the application of fluoride.
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