Tooth Talk: Children’s dental health — not quite a myth

This week instead of answering just one question I’m going to answer a few different ones about children’s dental health.

One of the most common questions is when should a child have their first dental visit. As a general rule, once your child is between 24-36 months is a good time to begin. I would advise each parent to prepare for their child’s first visit to the dentist by going to the library or local bookstore and getting a couple of children’s books that deal with baby teeth and the first visit to the dentist.

You will probably find a wealth of titles to choose from but “The Berenstein Bears Go To The Dentist” is a good choice that covers all the necessary information about what will take place at their first visit.

Another thing that parents can do is bring their child with them when they have their own check-up and cleaning. This allows the child to see that it is not scary and that no one will hurt them. Most dental offices will allow a parent to bring a child with but you may want to call just to verify that it is OK.

Another question I receive often is about fluoride and how often a child should visit the dentist. Many people don’t think that children need to go to the dentist because their baby teeth are just going to fall out anyway. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Baby teeth are very important because they allow the jaw to grow properly and most importantly they hold space until such a time when the permanent teeth are ready to erupt. If they are removed too soon there may not be enough room for the permanent teeth to come in, resulting in the need for oral surgery and orthodontics to correct the problem.

Most people are aware of the benefit that fluoride has against the formation of cavities, especially in growing children. While there is fluoride in the water most people today drink bottled water which contains no fluoride. Having topical fluoride placed at your child’s check up appointments twice per year ensures that their teeth will remain healthy and strong.

Children that consume large amounts of juice, sports drinks, colas or are still nursing are particularly at a much higher risk for the development of cavities. While all children benefit from fluoride usage this group will gain the most advantage against tooth decay.

Injuries to the mouth and teeth are very common amongst school age children and must be dealt with quickly.

If your child has broken a tooth, knocked a tooth out or even hit their jaw, getting to the dentist as soon as possible is vital. If a tooth has been broken try to retain the broken piece as it may be able to be bonded back in place. If your child has knocked their tooth out, rinse it off, put it in milk and get to the dentist as soon as possible. In some cases it is possible to re-implant the tooth back into the socket if you get to the dentist quick enough. A blow to the jaw or chin by an accident or fall can damage the jaw joint and should be evaluated by a dentist to determine if any damage has been done and if any treatment would be needed to aid in the healing process.

I hope that you will follow these tips to ensure that your child has healthy, strong, beautiful teeth that will last a lifetime.


Questions can be sent to Fred Eck, D.D.S. at Marco Dental Care, 950 N. Collier Blvd., Suite 305, Marco Island, or call 389-9400. Web site: He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Detroit Mercy and is licensed by the Florida State Board of Dentistry.

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nyscof writes:

Studies show that fluoride will not prevent teeth from being eroded from sodas or fruit juices.

Further, there is no evidence that drinking fluoride-free bottled water causes more cavities. In fact, some studies show that children who drink fluoride-free water have less cavities.

Many studies show that when water fluoridation stops, cavity rates actually go down.

Fluoride is neither a nutrient nor essential for healthy teeth. The American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control recommend that infants NOT be fed fluoridated water either alone or mixed into their infant formula.

The CDC reports that up to 48% of US school children are fluoride over dosed and sport dental fluorosis - white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted enamel. This is costing Americans multli-millions of dollars to cover up in expensive out-of-pocket costs.

Low-income children who are more apt to get fluorosis will just have to suffer the embarassing consequences of a medical establishment that encourages more, rather than less, fluoride, and a media who fails to research fluoride properly.

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JimSchultz writes:

See or just go to pub med and see Yoder K.M. study that show very few dentists even understand current science of how fluoride is now seen as a topical effect. Drinking is illogical for a topical effect. The UK 2000 York review also showed that fluoridation tripled damaged enamel from fluoride toxicity in children. The number went from 15% up to 48 % with fluoridation and 12.5% was ugly enough for cosmetic restoration. When fluoridation started they said fluoridation would be a failure if more then 10% of children had dental fluorosis damage of the most mild form. Augusta Ga in 1990 had at 1ppm 80% with this damage and a unbelivable 14% with moderate and severe damage which is very ugly. Damage by ingestion for something that only benefits by topical action is not smart.
Another failure has been hiding the fact from the first experment blacks were damaged about double of whites with this lifelong ugly damage. They also tend to have more severe damage by about double. It is sinful to hide this from those that will be damaged. The CDC had a ethics charge about this and kidney damage also with risk hidden from the 20 million with chronic kidney disease. The Pizzo 2007 review shows 51% with dental fluorosis now but the CDC still claims 32% which is still a massive failure. Pizzo also showed when fluoridation ends cavities do not increase. The current science shows no benefit from fluoride ingestion but lots of cumulative toxic damage. Until people are informed of the risk there can not be informed consent to force use of this toxic waste product that has never had review or approval by the FDA for safety or benefit. The claims of thousands of studies proving safety and benefit have a hollow ring when the Uk York study discovered not a single one was high quality bias unlikely. Even worse not one single study ever for chronic use ever by any government agency for H2SiF6 which is used in almost all fluoridation. It has 20 toxic contaminates and is too unsafe to test so they never have. The FDA instead admitted to congressman John Kelly NJ after two years and a lawsuit ingested fluoride was sort of grandfathered in as being used prior to 1938 but later admitted that was for use as a excellent rat poison. Rats now get warfin and they give the cheaper toxic waste to us thinking it has safety studies. Fluoridation is about fraud and deception and professional ignorance at all levels. Go to and see why the scientist unions of the EPA think this fraud should end. In 2005 11 unions asked congress for immediate moratorium and a goal of Zero for fluoride just like other deadly cumulative toxins arsenic and lead. Science not decades of deception based on fraud. Jim

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