Tooth decay has become a major problem among young children, and pediatric dentists are urging parents to take steps such as limiting sugary snacks and drinks. They also now advise brushing with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste and having a wellness exam at age 1, according to Dr. Norman Tinanoff, chief of the division of paediatric dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.......
What procedures does the dentist perform to prevent tooth decay?
On routine dental visits, the dentist will evaluate your child's risk for tooth decay. If it is thought the child is at risk, the dentist can apply concentrated fluoride on the child's teeth. Most often, this is in the form of fluoride varnish. If you live in an area that does not contain fluoridated drinking water, the dentist may consider fluoride supplemental tablets. Additionally, when you child's permanent molars come in, around age 6-8, the dentist may suggest that applying pit and fissure sealants will prevent tooth decay in those teeth.
What other affects will all that fluoride have on the body, we aren't just teeth?