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Fluoride & Children: What You Need to Know

Confused about fluoride and when to start introducing it with your child? We have answers. Learn the basic information about fluoride and help protect your child’s teeth!

Why Would My Child Need Fluoride?

Fluoride protects tooth enamel and helps prevent cavities. The majority of drinking water in the United States has been fluorinated as a public service.

Does My Child Need More Fluoride?

Most children do not routinely need additional fluoride but, to be sure, you should ask a health professional Your pediatrician or pediatric dentist can help to determine if any supplemental fluoride is needed.

When Should My Child Brush with Fluoride?

Starting at age 2, your child can start brushing with fluoride toothpastes. Start with a very small amount and eventually work up to a pea-size amount of toothpaste on their brush.

Will My Child Need Fluoride Treatments with a Dentist?

Children who have a greater risk of cavities usually receive a professional fluoride treatment every six months. Talk to your Dentist to determine your child’s fluoride need.