We are frequently asked about fluoride and its role in healthy, young teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that offers protection from bacteria, sugars and acids that can be harmful to tooth enamel.
Children can get fluoride in drinking water and in toothpaste, but it is also found in many foods and beverages. Making sure your child eats a balanced diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin D is a great way to keep teeth healthy. Dentists may also recommend a topical fluoride treatment during dental visits at various stages of your child’s development for added protection.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control are all in agreement that water fluoridation is a safe and effective way to reduce and even prevent tooth decay. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends using a “smear” of toothpaste on children under the age of two twice each day. Children aged 2-5 can use a “pea-size” amount – and ALWAYS monitor your very young children when they brush…both for the effectiveness of the brushing and to monitor the amount of toothpaste used. Toothpaste is not meant to be ingested, and it can cause illness or be toxic if ingested in high amounts.