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Is Your Child Getting Enough Fluoride? Milton, GA
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Fluoride is an important mineral for a healthy smile. Fluoride can actually remineralize your tooth enamel, or its outermost layer. This adds protection to areas where it is weak. Therefore, when harmful acids attempt to invade your tooth enamel and weaken it, fluoride acts as a defense barrier to protect your tooth from cavities. These harmful acids are produced from the bacteria that form from the sugars and carbs we consume. They will attempt to attack your tooth surface and demineralize the enamel over time. Therefore, it is crucial that you brush and floss regularly as well as get enough fluoride for extra protection.

We can all benefit from fluoride. However, young smiles are especially susceptible to tooth decay and can therefore reap significant benefits from fluoride use. Many communities add fluoride to their city water, but not all cities do so. Also, if your child is only drinking bottled water, he or she may be missing out on the benefits of fluoride. It is essential that your child use a fluoridated toothpaste, as this is recommended by the American Dental Association. Finally, a routine fluoride treatment from your dentist can ensure your child’s smile is properly protected.

It is important to know that getting too much fluoride is also possible. A condition called fluorosis can produce speckled white spots on the teeth and can be an indication that your child is getting too much, although this is rare. A simple cosmetic treatment from your dentist can correct the discoloration from fluorosis.

If you are concerned whether or not your child is getting an appropriate amount of fluoride, ask your dentist. Your home water can be tested to determine how much fluoride is present. If it is found that your child is lacking proper fluoride amounts, then additional measures can be taken such as professional fluoride treatments. Fluoride treatments come in a variety of forms, including gel, rinses and tablets.  At Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry, we have a pediatric specialty dentist who can evaluate your child’s teeth and level of fluoride protection to determine if fluoride treatments should be considered for your child.

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

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I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

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