Since 1958, community fluoridation of water sources has been recommended by the dental community to help prevent dental cavities. Dr. Mark Caceres explains that fluoride remains the primary preventive agent for dental cavities in both adults and children. Having the small amount of fluoride that you get from your water and your toothpaste is key to keeping your smile healthy and strong.
Still, challenges are bound to arise if the concentration in fluoride sources such as water and toothpaste don’t reflect the prescribed safe exposure threshold.
Risk of High Exposure
Fluorosis is a dental condition that results from ingestion of high concentration of fluoride before teeth erupt. The risk of developing the condition is greatest during the early life stages usually at 15 to 30 months from birth. Fluorosis is presented as a cosmetic problem that features colored striation on the enamel, and can weaken your teeth. This is why your Marietta dentist recommends that young children under the age of three use kid-friendly toothpaste, and use only a rice grain-sized bit of toothpaste while brushing their teeth.
Getting the Best from Fluoride
For most patients, using fluoridated toothpaste and their municipal water supply gives them just the right amount of fluoride for healthy teeth. The amounts present in your daily life are trace and very safe. It’s advisable that you consult your Marietta, GA dental team if you hold any reservation of fluoride use on you or your young ones.