Hello! Welcome to our San Diego general dentistry blog. Today’s message from Marcos Ortega DDS concerns fluoride and children’s dental health. I’m Dr. Marcos Ortega and I have been practicing dentistry in San Diego since 1986.
When I examine a new patient for the first time, I can usually tell whether the person drank fluoride-adjusted municipal water while growing up. Generally, their teeth are healthier than San Diego people who had lower fluoride levels in their tap water.
Ideally, adequate fluoride intake combined with proper dental hygiene, good nutrition, and regular dental visits keep teeth healthy and free of decay. However, fluoride also helps teeth remineralize if acids have already compromised the enamel. For decay prevention and teeth strengthening, adequate fluoride is indispensable. If you have children and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, you may want to consider giving your kids a fluoride supplement. The fluoride will strengthen the primary teeth that have already erupted and also the adult teeth that are forming. The American Dental Association supports water fluoridation:
‘More than 65 years ago, on January 25, 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the world’s first city to adjust the level of fluoride in its water supply. Since that time, fluoridation has dramatically improved the oral health of tens of millions of Americans. Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.’
At Marcos Ortega DDS, we provide exceptional dental care for all members of the family including general and cosmetic dentistry. We serve San Diego and the surrounding areas. Ask us about teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, and clear braces. If you are interested in children’s fluoride supplements, call Marcos Ortega DDS at 619-295-4545 to schedule a general dentistry evaluation.