Apart from cleaning teeth, fluoride is one of the best ways to help prevent tooth decay and wear, as it has antibacterial agents. Fluoride is a nutritious mineral, which serves to improve the quality of tooth enamel, making the children's teeth more resistant to cavities. In this article we answer all questions about fluoride and children's teeth.
The fluorine or fluoride it is a natural element which is present, in very small amounts, in foods such as oily fish, in some vegetables like cabbage and spinach; in cereals such as wheat and rice; in fruits like grapes and in tea. It fulfills such important functions as the strengthening of teeth and bones. We can also find it in most toothpastes and in drinking water in many cities.
Some studies indicate that children who drink fluoridated water from birth have 65% fewer cavities. Protect your child's teeth with fluoride. Choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your child's dentist if their drinking water contains it. Using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash is very effective.
Fluoride it can be ingested through water, salt, and toothpastes, tablets or fluoride solutions. In some Spanish cities, the water used is fluoridated. In addition, some commercial brands of mineral water contain a large amount of fluoride, especially bicarbonated ones. Apart from water, there are brands of salt that provide more fluoride and iodine than usual. Fluoride tablets are also widely consumed, mainly by younger children, who are not yet chewing. It is a unique compound of fluorine that sometimes includes vitamins.
Children also use fluoride through toothpaste, and rinses that contain fluoride. But fluoride rinses, which can be used daily or weekly, should not be used before 6 years of age by the danger of ingestion. The recommended daily amounts of fluoride should not exceed 3 mg / day. Like most cases, excesses are not beneficial and you could suffer fluorosis, which causes yellow, darker or stained teeth.
Dental development begins in the first month of pregnancy. It is very important that the future mother includes in her diet the necessary amounts of fluoride, apart from other vitamins and minerals. For your child's teeth to be well fluoridated, it is recommended that you follow some tips:
Choose a fluoride toothpaste and teach your child to brush their teeth at least 3 times a day.
- After brushing, rinse your child's mouth (from 6 years old) with fluids that contain fluoride.
- Do not administer fluoride medications without a prescription.
- Take your child to the dentist at least twice a year.
- Make sure your child brushes their teeth after eating sweets, candies or other foods that have a high sugar content. Do not forget that prevention can save a lot of dental problems for your child.
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