95th AMDS now makes it fast, easy to get prescription for fluoride supplements

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  • By Capt. Christopher Raimondi and Tech. Sgt. Dilcy Kammermeyer
  • 95th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Dental Flight
Fluoride helps fight tooth decay. Research shows that community water fluoridation lowers decay rates by more than 50-percent, which means fewer cavities for children.

The drinking water at Edwards and surrounding communities contains a small amount of natural fluoride. However, it is considered non-fluoridated because it is below the optimal anti-cavity level.

Children usually receive fluoride from other sources such as food or toothpaste. Fluoride can be found as an active ingredient in dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, gels and varnish. This can suffice for some of the fluoride requirements.

The 95th Medical Group has recently implemented a fast and easy method to obtain a prescription for fluoride supplementation. Please contact the appointment line at 277-7118. Be prepared to answer a series of questions to determine your child's needs.

If you are not sure if your child is receiving enough fluoride and are interested in prescription fluoride supplements, first think about the following questions: Is your child under the age of eight? Has your child had cavities before? Do you brush your child's teeth every day with fluoride toothpaste? Do you floss your child's teeth every day? Does your child regularly eat a diet high in sugar or carbohydrates (for example: fruit snacks, crackers, juices)? Does your child drink bottled or tap water?

Those interested can read an article from The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's website: www.aapd.org/publications/brochures/floride.asp.

Fluoride is a compound that contains fluorine, a natural element. Using small amounts of fluoride on a routine basis can help prevent tooth decay.

Fluoride inhibits loss of minerals from tooth enamel and encourages remineralization (strengthening areas that are weakened and beginning to develop cavities). Fluoride also affects bacteria that cause cavities, discouraging acid attacks that break down the tooth. Risk for decay is reduced even more when fluoride is combined with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene.

There are many factors considered before recommending a fluoride supplement. Your child's age, risk of developing dental decay and dietary sources of fluoride are important considerations.

Infant formulas contain different amounts of fluoride. Bottled, filtered and well waters also vary in the amount of fluoride they contain. In areas where fluoride does not occur naturally, it may be added to community water supplies.