Fluoride and Why It's Important
Our Albuquerque pediatric dentist, Dr. Meckler, and his team are passionate about children's dental health and preventative dentistry. As a natural occurring element that is present in all water sources, fluoride makes teeth stronger and fights tooth decay. Decades ago, many people suffered from dental decay. In fact, cavities were so prevalent that tooth decay was considered something most people just had to live with; however, over time, tooth decay has been dramatically reduced thanks to fluoride. Research tells us that fluoride reduces cavities in children and adults alike and that it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of general misunderstanding about how important fluoride is to good dental health. It has been proven time and time again that like other nutrients, fluoride is safe and effective when used appropriately. Fluoride is often called 'nature's cavity fighter' because studies have shown that fluoride has tooth decay preventative effects.
Children and Fluoride
Children living in impoverished areas where water supplies are not fluoridated have five times more tooth decay than children who have access to fluoridated water. Drinking fluoridated water is by far the best way to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride strengthens tooth structure, remineralizes teeth and can even reverse the early decay process while making teeth more resistant to decay.
Community water fluoridation is supported by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA) based on the overwhelming scientific evidence that establishes that fluoridated drinking water is safe and effective.
Does Your Drinking Water Contain Enough Fluoride?
The amount of fluoride that is present in drinking water can vary from one community to another. If you are unsure whether or not your drinking water is adequately fluoridated to help fight tooth decay and promote good dental health, our Albuquerque pediatric dental team can provide you with the information needed to determine the level of fluoride in your main source of drinking water.
If we find that your child is not getting an adequate amount of fluoride through water, Dr. Meckler may prescribe fluoride supplements which come in tablet, drop or lozenge form. Fluoride supplements must be prescribed with care due to the fact that fluoridated water can be consumed from many sources other than your home water supply.
Contact Our Albuquerque Office
Meckler Pediatric Dentistry wants to help your child achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles, so helping them fight tooth decay with fluoride treatment, at home care and check-ups with Dr. Meckler is very important. If you have any questions about fluoride or you child's overall dental health, please contact us, as we're always happy to speak with you. Our office is located in Albuquerque, but we see patients from Rio Rancho, Bernalillo and neighboring communities.