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Fluoride is a mineral found in various places in nature. It is especially useful for people because it is a substance that naturally fights cavities by strengthening your tooth enamel. As you consume flouride, it accumulates in your bones and in your tooth enamel. Some of the best sources for fluoride are toothpaste and local drinking water of the municipality has added to the water. If your down does not add fluoride to the water, or you have a private water supply such as a well, or if you primarily drink bottled water, your teeth may not be getting all the fluoride they need. During the next visit to our dentist, Dr. William D. Ledford, talk with him about the fluoride levels in your family. Be careful about using fluoride toothpaste with a child under the age of two, since they may swallow the toothpaste rather than spit it out. If you do give your child a fluoride toothpaste, use a drop roughly the size of a pea If your child is under the age of six, you should talk with the dentist about your child’s fluoride intake, since too much fluoride can result in fluorosis.

Fluorosis is a condition that results from having too much fluoride. It is the presence of white or grey streaks or spots on the teeth. It only affects teeth that have not erupted and does not appear on teeth that have already come in. So the condition is often most noticeable in children. Although it may be startling, it is important to keep in mind that there are no health risks involved with fluorosis. It is a cosmetic problem only, and in many cases, the spots or streaks from fluorosis are only detectable by the dentist, and many other people will not even notice them. However, if you are concerned about the appearance of your child’s teeth, the dentist can easily correct the problem with a whitening treatment.

In most cases, if you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, and if your town or city fluoridates its water supply, then the chances are good that you are getting enough fluoride. Your dentist is the best person to determine if you need supplemental fluoride. In some cases, you may only need to use a toothpaste or mouthwash with a higher fluoride content. Your dentist can also give you a fluoride treatment in the office. Normally this done by holding a tray containing a fluoride solution in your mouth. Fluoride supplements are also available through tablets or a prescription rinse.

If you have questions or concerns about fluoride in Kansas City, Missouri; or if you are concerned that your family may be getting too little or too much fluoride, we will be happy to see you at Blue Stream Dental . Just call 816-569-9787 today and we’ll schedule you for an appointment to evaluate your fluoride levels and even check your teeth and mouth for other problems. Your smile matters to us, and we look forward to seeing you soon.