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Fluoride

All About Fluoride

The natural mineral fluoride plays an important part in reducing tooth decay, so it’s important that your child get enough fluoride to reap its benefits.

How does fluoride work? Bacteria in your mouth produce acid that removes minerals from the surface of your teeth. Fluoride can stop the tooth decay process by preventing the minerals in tooth enamel from breaking down. Because it is so effective, fluoride has been added to community water supplies since the 1940s, and today, more than 70% of cities with public water supplies have fluoridated water, including Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Huntington Beach and Torrance’s Hollywood Riviera. Besides the water supply, an estimated 95% of toothpastes sold in the US contain fluoride.

While a certain amount of fluoride is good for teeth, swallowing too much fluoride can cause a child’s teeth to develop lasting white spots, brown stains or problems with the enamel in permanent teeth. To prevent this problem, which is called dental fluorosis, parents should make sure their children do not get too much fluoride. Toddlers two to three years old, for example, can’t spit out toothpaste very well, and they might swallow too much fluoridated toothpaste. Certain foods also contain large amounts of fluoride.

At the other extreme, your tap or well water might not have enough fluoride, or if your child drinks only bottled water, it may not contain fluoride at all.

It’s important for parents to make sure their children get the right amount of fluoride, and at Magicland, we’re glad to advise you. If your child needs more fluoride than he or she is likely getting, we can give you a prescription to help. If we see your child is developing dental fluorosis, we can help figure out the cause and prevent further problems.   

You can ask the pediatric dentists at Magicland about fluoride during your baby’s first visit. It’s free of charge at Magicland. To make an appointment, click here or call us at 310-792-5200.

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