SOUTH WEYMOUTH, MA
Give parents a choice between soda, a juice box or a bottle of water for their children and most would probably go for the bottle water. What many people don’t realize is that opting for bottled water, though better for their children than soda or sugar-loaded fruit juice, is missing a key ingredient their children need: fluoride.
“A lot of people prefer bottle water or filtered water over tap water because of the taste. But tap water in many communities, including Weymouth, provides a source of fluoride that’s critical for growing strong, healthy teeth,” said Dr. Richard E. Wolfert, DMD, also known as “The Toothboss”, has a dental practice located at 1121 Main Street in South Weymouth.
According to the American Dental Association, children should consume fluoride through drinking water or supplements in the following amounts:
- Birth to six months – none
- Six months to three years – .25 mg/day
- Three to six years – .5 mg/day
- Six years to 16 years – 1 mg/day
“Fluoride is incorporated into developing teeth and that hardens the tooth and makes it more cavity-resistant. That’s why many dentists have younger patients take fluoride supplements, whether they live in a community where the tap water has fluoride or not,” said Wolfert.
To find out whether or not your town is a fluoridated community, the Massachusetts Dental Society has a map on their website, www.massdental.org. You can also call your town’s Water Department.
“Fluoride and fluoridation are important for the prevention of cavities. If your child is under 10 and not taking fluoride supplements, you should consult your dentist,” said Wolfert.
Dr. Wolfert’s practice is located at 1121 Main Street in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, and accepts most insurance plans. They also accept payment from most PPO and indemnity plans, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Delta Dental.
For more information on The Toothboss, visit Dr. Wolfert’s website at www.toothboss.com or call 781-335-0604 to schedule a consultation.
About The Toothboss
The Toothboss offers: comprehensive examinations (written treatment and treatment plan provided); cosmetics; crowns, bridges and tooth-colored restorations; partial and full dentures; periodontics (early cases treated); oral surgery; restoration of conventional and small diameter implants; and emergency services (24-hour emergency phone number available).
The Toothboss accepts most insurance plans. They also accept payment from most PPO and indemnity plans, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Delta Dental. They also accept all major credit cards and have arranged payment plans through CareCredit.
To schedule an initial consultation, please call 781-335-0604. For more information, visit www.toothboss.com.