Getting Enough Fluoride in a Bottled Water Society
With nightmare scenarios like what was reported on in Flint, Michigan, it’s no wonder that many families rely on bottle water. However, there is one important factor to consider when it comes to bottled water. Unlike tap water, many brands of bottled water don’t contain fluoride. What is fluoride, and is there another safe way for your child to get enough of this mineral without it being in drinking water?
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is often added to public water for the purpose of dental health. This is because small amounts of fluoride can help tooth enamel to harden, thus protecting against tooth decay. Fluoride helps to remineralize enamel that is demineralized by acidic conditions in the mouth.
If you family drinks fluoridated water and uses a fluoride toothpaste, your kids should be getting enough fluoride to protect their teeth. Be sure to check the brand of bottled water your family uses to learn if it is fluorinated. If not, your child will particularly benefit from fluoride treatments.
Keeping Teeth Free from Decay in San Diego
At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, fluoride treatments are a part of each regular cleaning. That means your kids should be getting fluoride treatments twice per year to help remineralize enamel and prevent cavities. When combined with daily brushing and using a fluorinated toothpaste, this can help keep your child’s teeth free from cavities.
To learn more about the benefits of fluoride and good sources of it, or to schedule your child’s next dental cleaning and fluoride treatment, call us at 619-741-1500. We look forward to helping your son or daughter protect a bright smile for many years to come.