By Erica Laceria on Apr 2, 2020 @ 09:30 AM
Fluoride is important, especially for children, because it helps prevent tooth decay. Most cities and local governments regulate the amount of fluoride in tap water, which is called water fluoridation, According to the American Dental Association (ADA), it prevents about 25 percent of tooth decay in the course of your life! This is why fluoride is an ingredient in most toothpastes as well. However, if your water comes from a well, or if you drink mostly bottled water, there's a chance you are not getting enough fluoride in the water you drink.
When you can't count on your water supply to provide fluoride, how do you make sure to get the proper dosage of fluoride?
First, if you have well water, you should have your fluoride levels tested annually. Fluoride occurs naturally in all water, so your well water is just as likely to have too much fluoride as it is to have to little. If your well water tests too high in fluoride it can be removed professionally with a device, but unfortunately if the situation is vice-versa, there is no way to add fluoride to your well water.
According to the CDC, if fluoride levels in your drinking water are lower than 0.7 mg/L, your child's dentist or pediatrician should evaluate whether your child could benefit from daily fluoride supplements. Fluoride can be applied systemically or topically, with supplements normally in liquid form or in tablets taken twice a day. To learn more about fluoride supplements check out the ADA's page here.
In your conversation with your dentist, you may find that supplements are not necessary if you or your child drink a lot of tap water at work, school, or a day care, or if your toothpaste has fluoride and is used on a regular basis. Have an open conversation with your dentist about how to get enough fluoride if you are drinking mostly bottled water, or if you use any alternative to tap water.
In any case, if you find it necessary to add more fluoride into your daily routine, consult your physician who can prescribe the correct formula, brand, and dosage for your medical health. And if you are looking to improve your oral health, make sure you have a dental insurance plan that covers all your dental needs by scheduling a consult with a Solstice team member today - just click below!