What You Should Know About Dental Fluorosis

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You may know that there are several things you should do to help your children enjoy good oral health. For instance, you probably understand that you should help your children keep their teeth clean. Brushing and flossing are important steps, but did you know you shouldn’t give your child toothpaste with fluoride in it until they’re able to spit it out on their own. While fluoride will help your children avoid cavities, consuming too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis.

Please note that fluorosis isn’t a serious issue, but it can be embarrassing. You child might have fluorosis if they have white spots or lines in their teeth. Fluorosis can also cause brown spots to appear on their smile. If you’re worried about these imperfections, we recommend contacting our dentist for specific advice.

Luckily, there are several things you can do to help your child avoid fluorosis—which is extremely important since your child can only get fluorosis when their teeth are developing. This makes it even more important to make sure your children are spitting their toothpaste out after they brush their teeth. Children are already exposed to fluoride because fluoride is added to drinking water to prevent cavities. You could also limit the amount of toothpaste your child has on their brush.

Do you have more questions about preventing fluorosis in Sandy, Utah? Are you interested in setting up an appointment with our dentist, Dr. David S. Peterson? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact The Dental Studio at 801-278-4787. We look forward to receiving your call soon!