February Is National Children’s Dental Health Month!
Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. In fact, the year of 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation, and to honor this, the slogan for the 2020 National Children’s Dental Health Month is “Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!”
The ADA remains committed to fluoridation of public water supplies as the most effective public health measure to help prevent tooth decay. More than 70 years of scientific research has consistently shown that an optimal level of fluoride in community water is safe and effective and prevents tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
Did you know that approximately 20 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 11, and 13 percent of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 have at least one cavity that needs treatment? This is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Understanding the benefits of fluoride and combining them with other good oral care practices can ensure your child has a happy and healthy smile.
Here’s The Magic Of Fluoride
Tooth enamel is made up of calcium and phosphorus, which are minerals that are lost and gained on a daily basis. The acid produced by bacteria in your mouth can cause a loss of minerals, this is also referred to as demineralization. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), fluoride combines with the minerals in enamel to form fluorapatite, which makes the enamel stronger against acids. Fluoride can create a stronger enamel from the inside or the outside of a tooth. However, too much of a good thing isn’t always good. Too much fluoride while the teeth are still developing can cause fluorosis: a discoloration or pitting of the enamel. This is why following your dentist's and pediatrician's guidelines for fluoride use is extremely important.
A healthy mouth is part of a child’s overall health. Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and smile. Here at Quince Orchard Dental Care, we love when our young patients are cavity free and, practicing good preventative maintenance. We invite you to bring your family into our caring and kid friendly environment! Click here to request an appointment.