Most parents know children’s oral health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get ample amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. The Addison Dentist recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.
- Fluoride supplements
- Oral rinses
Resin dental sealants are applied in our office. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, preserving the pits and fissures from decay. Some dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are considering them.
Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your pediatrician or meet with us at The Addison Dentist. There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, your pediatrician may guide against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.
If your child is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Make sure you select one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.
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