Now that the holidays are approaching we want to remember the importance of continuing with the oral care of the small ones in our homes, the children.
Our teeth bear many masticatory forces, are in contact with the outside elements and with our food, so we must take care and make them as strong
One of the most important elements to strengthen the teeth and make it easier to prevent tooth decay is fluoride, particularly in children who are
So in Clinica Dentalbio, we want to inform you about this important element in our teeth development.
The outer layer of our teeth is called enamel and it is this which receives all external aggressions.
The fluoride remineralizes and strengthens the enamel and also prevents bacteria deposits on its surface.
This element is ingested daily in our diet without realizing it, in foods such as fish, tea, meat, vegetables, water … and is present in toothpastes.
However, in children with caries risk that dose is not enough and we need to apply extra fluoride to achieve the optimal dose and to protect them from
dental decay. The dentist will be responsible for assessing the necessity of applying more fluoride.
There are two forms of fluoride administration: orally, via ingestion of food and water, or applying it directly (without being consumed) on teeth through pastes, gels and varnishes. These last two must be performed in the dental clinic.
Fluoride also has certain disadvantages, and one of them is when the teeth are still developing and fluoride is taken orally (as can happen in areas with high concentration in the water) can produce something called endemic fluorosis, which is the presence of small spots of white or brown or yellow scattered over the surface of the tooth points.
Because of this, there are pastas with different concentrations of fluoride, depending on the age for which it is recommended.
Recommendations for the use of toothpaste according to the fluoride concentration of water in everyday use (0.7 mg / l):
– Children aged 1-3 years: brush without toothpaste twice daily and once with 1000 ppm fluoride toothpaste.
– Children between 4 and 5 years: brush without toothpaste once a day and twice with 1000 ppm fluoride toothpaste.
– Children aged 6-8 years: brush three times a day with 1000 ppm fluoride toothpaste.
– Children aged 9 to 10 years: brush three times a day with 1500 ppm fluoride toothpaste.
– Children over 10 years: brush three times a day with toothpaste 1500 or 2000 ppm fluoride.
The ppm indicates parts per million of fluoride ion which is the concentration of fluoride that the toothpaste has and must appear on the label of ingredients on the toothpaste tube.
To assess the need for greater concentration, Clinica DentalBio recommends you to check with your trusted dentist once a year.
Have a great day,