Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally present in many foods and water. Routine use of a small amount of fluoride can help prevent tooth decay by strengthening the outside layer of the teeth. Fluoride also affects cavity-causing bacteria by discouraging acid attacks that break down the tooth.
Using fluoride for the prevention and control of decay is proven to be both safe and effective. However, excessive fluoride ingestion by preschool-aged children can lead to dental fluorosis, which is a chalky white to even brown discoloration of the permanent teeth.
Our pediatric dentist considers many factors before recommending fluoride supplement. Your child’s age, risk of developing dental decay and dietary sources of fluoride are all important considerations. We can help determine if your child is receiving – and not exceeding – the recommended amount. Please consult Dr. Kao at your visit with us.