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The benefits of fluoride for kids

Many parents ask us about fluoride for their children, especially because it is not added to drinking water in this area. First and foremost, parents want to know if it’s safe; yes, fluoride is safe and effective in appropriate amounts.

The next question is usually about the benefits. Fluoride is an important mineral for dental health, as it helps:

  • Prevent tooth decay: Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth enamel more resistant to acid attacks from bacteria and sugars in the mouth. This can help prevent cavities from forming and reduce the need for fillings and other dental treatments.

  • Strengthen enamel: Fluoride can help strengthen the enamel on teeth, making it more durable and resistant to wear and tear. This can help prevent tooth sensitivity and reduce the risk of chipping or breaking teeth.

  • Remineralize teeth: Fluoride can also help remineralize teeth that have already been damaged by acid attacks. This can help repair early stages of tooth decay and prevent further damage.

When used appropriately, fluoride is a key part of dental health, which is a linchpin to our overall physical and emotional health. We’re here to help you make informed decisions for your children; if you have any questions or concerns, just ask!


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Dr. Erin Estep is a board-certified pediatric dentist who owns Treehouse Kids Dentist in Springfield. She and her staff are committed to making sure your child has an amazing, safe, memorable dental experience.


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