Fluoride Use

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There’s long been a debate about whether or not fluoride is an effective, safe way to improve oral health. Through years of research and study, though, it’s been proven that fluoride has a ton of health benefits.

Today, we’re going to walk you through why your child needs it, and how to use it. This should help improve their long-term oral health.

What is it?
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that’s used to improve the state of tooth enamel. You may have a dentist suggest fluoride use if he notices a need for it in your child’s smile.

Tooth enamel is the hardest outer layer of the teeth. This enamel is what keeps teeth free from infection, and keeps them hard enough to perform their function. This is why Dr. David Suttie so strongly recommends you watch your child’s diet to ensure they’re not eating foods that are bad for their tooth enamel.

How does fluoride fit in?
Fluoride helps tooth enamel regrow. That’s one of the cool things about it. Each day, the teeth produce new enamel to replace what they’ve lost. However, they can’t always keep up with the rate of decay. Fluoride accelerates that process, giving your child more tools to fight against tooth decay.

Adding fluoride to your child’s oral health routine is simple. The team here at Dr. David Suttie Dentistry For Children in Napa, California, can help you determine which source is best for them.

To learn more, or to make an appointment for your child, please call us today at 707-257-6453.