the past, cavities were a fact of life. But over the
last several years tooth decay has been reduced dramatically
due to fluoride. Fluoride is beneficial for adults as
well as children. Research has shown that fluoride reduces
cavities by up to 40% in children and 35% in adults.*
Is Fluoride Safe?
Yes. Numerous studies over the past 60 years have shown that
fluoride at recommended levels is not only safe, but provides
significant health benefits.*
How Does Fluoride Help Children?
Children benefit from fluoride both systemically (by
ingesting fluoride) and topically (the fluoride
that gets on their teeth). Systemic and topical fluoride
work together to keep teeth strong. Fluoride works best
in children while teeth are forming. This helps both
primary (baby) and permanent teeth. Starting at birth,
and until all permanent teeth have fully erupted, ingested
fluoride helps strengthen teeth as they are forming.
Topical fluoride helps people of all ages. Fluoride
is the only known substance that will actually strengthen
teeth and make them harder.
Does My Child Need Fluoride Supplements?
Most city water is fluoridated and is an adequate source
of systemic (ingested) fluoride. If your family uses
well water or bottled water, you should have your water
tested to see if there is adequate natural fluoride,
or if a fluoride supplement is needed. Check with your
local Health Department or bottled water manufacturer
for testing. If adequate fluoride is not present, your
child may need a prescription fluoride supplement from
Topical fluoride is provided by fluoridated toothpastes
and rinses. Additional fluoride treatments are applied
as needed by your dentist during regular check-ups.
Does Fluoride Benefit Adults, Too?
Yes! Topical fluoride helps people of all ages by stopping
the progression of a newly formed cavity and preventing
root cavities. Fluoride is also helpful for patients
with sensitive teeth. A consistent daily use of topical
fluoride will often dramatically decrease tooth sensitivity
to hot and cold substances. At your regular check-up,
we will evaluate your particular situation to determine
if additional fluoride treatments are needed.