What is fluoride and why is it important?
Fluoride is a chemical found in nature that can be added to drinking water and is found naturally in some foods from the diet.
When ingested fluoride during tooth formation (from pregnancy to age 16 approximately) hardens the enamel, which is the most surface of the teeth, becoming more resistant to attack by decay.
Once erupted fluoride can strengthen and even goes to repair minor damage to the enamel when used as mouthwashes or rinses, toothpastes or applications by the dentist in the office.
When parents begin to clean the teeth of their children?
As soon as the first tooth appears with a sterile gasita, as the child grows the gauze is replaced by a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste. Always helped by parents because it was not until 5 or 6 years acquiring the skills necessary to brush by themselves. The infant tends to swallow therefore be placed small portions of pasta and told that fluoride is not swallowed. Too much fluoride can stain teeth and brings some other problem, which is why you should always be indicated for use by the dentist.
When you go to the dentist?
Before the age of three oral health can be handled by the pediatrician, unless you encounter problems that advance the first visit to dentist age. Beyond this age children and should begin regular visits to the dentist in children.
The problem that can advance the visit are: if the child is hurt the mouth, if the tooth shows discoloration, if unexplained oral pain aggravated by chewing or dental trauma before.
Good nutrition is necessary to maintain health teeth