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AAP Recommends Fluoride to Prevent Cavities

Reprinted from American Academy of Pediatrics, www.aap.org

For Release:  Aug 25, 2014

boy-brushing-teethDental caries – or tooth decay — is the most common chronic disease in children in the U.S., a silent disease that disproportionally affects poor, young, and minority populations. In a new clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “Fluoride Use in Caries Prevention in the Primary Care Setting,” published online Aug. 25 in the September 2014 Pediatrics, the AAP states that fluoride is effective for cavity prevention in children. The AAP is issuing the following new recommendations:

Fluoridated toothpaste is recommended for all children starting at tooth eruption, regardless of caries risk. A smear (the size of a grain of rice) of toothpaste should be used up to age 3. After age 3, a pea-sized amount may be used. Parents should dispense toothpaste for young children and supervise and assist with brushing.

Fluoride varnish is recommended in the primary care setting every 3–6 months starting at tooth emergence. Over-the counter fluoride rinse is not recommended for children younger than 6 years due to risk of swallowing higher-than-recommended levels of fluoride.

Because fluoride is available in many sources, including food and tap water, and may be administered at home and professionally applied, pediatricians should be aware of the risks and benefits of various fluoride modalities to appropriately advise families to achieve maximum protection against dental caries, and to help counsel patients about proper oral health.

If you have any questions, please ask Dr. Hawkins and our staff during your next visit to Hawkins Dentistry.

The Hawk’s Nest

hawksnestGRAPHICThe best way to keep a beautiful smile for your whole life is to develop great habits as a kid. So Dr. Hawkins put together a club just for kids 3 to 15 years old to help you remember to take care of your pearly whites!

Next time you visit our office for a checkup we will ask you to complete a special questionnaire, just to get to know you a little better. As a patient of Hawkins Dentistry you automatically are a member of The Hawk’s Nest, receive your own membership card and are eligible for great rewards.

Stay Cavity Free

Every time you have a cavity free checkup at Hawkins Dentistry, your name will be entered into our drawing. Four times a year Dr. Hawkins will draw a name and the winner will receive 4 tickets to The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. That’s right, you can treat mom, dad, your brother or sister to a fun filled day at the zoo!

One Day At A Time

The only way we know to have good habits is to do the right thing every day. For a beautiful, healthy smile you have to have great daily dental hygiene habits. That means brush at least twice each day and floss at least once. To help you remember, we made a chart to download and print. Every time you brush or floss, give yourself a star!