We were excited to see a guest blog post entitled Consider the Evidence: Fluoride for Healthy Futures on The Huffington Post.com at the beginning of February. We’re passionate about the preventive benefits of community water fluoridation, but we don’t often see the topic covered in national, main stream media.Worn Teeth? for more information.
Fluoride ToxicologyWe were even more excited to see that the guest blogger, Mirissa Price, is one of a group of 2019 Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) candidates who collaborated on a statement on CWF as part of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Global and Public Health Curriculum.
These soon-to-be dentists are part of an age demographic that frequently expresses ambivalence about CWF despite belonging to a generation that, if raised in the United States, benefited from the widespread practice. Eighteen to 34 year olds have better oral health, and suffer from fewer communicable childhood diseases, because of the protection they received from CWF and vaccines. Those that are also parents in this cohort must navigate a universe of information and misinformation that is often confusing and, increasingly, contributes to decision-making that ultimately may lead to phenomena like measles epidemics and the removal of fluoride from local water systems.
So we are not only pleased for Ms. Price and her colleagues that they were published by Huffingtonpost.com, but we are eager to welcome young public health leadership to oral health and fluoridation advocacy Dental Chair.
Pediatricians LOVE babies and they love baby teeth!
Babies are only little for a short time but they need all of our love, care, and affection to make sure that they grow into healthy and happy adults. We don’t think about baby teeth any differently dental supplies. Taking care of baby teeth is as important as taking care of adult teeth. If you aren’t sure about what it means to take care of baby teeth even before they come in, ask your pediatrician for help. She can tell you when to wipe your baby’s gums, what to look for when teeth start to appear in the mouth, how to handle teething pain, when to start using fluoride toothpaste (as soon as you see a tooth), how to get your toddler to let you brush his teeth, when to see the dentist (first birthday, first dental visit!) and any other questions you might have about oral health.
As your child grows your pediatrician can continue to help you to keep her mouth healthy by providing fluoride varnish treatments, referring you to a dentist, and providing counseling about things like diets that are good for teeth, getting to sleep without a bottle, and avoiding oral injuries. Make it a priority to ask your pediatrician about how you can partner with her to ensure a healthy mouth for your child dental file.