Fluoride and your child
Fluoride is a mineral found in nature. It helps solidify the surface of the tooth (called enamel); teeth with harder enamel are less likely to develop dental decay.
Children can be exposed to fluoride in four different ways:
- fluorinated toothpaste;
- fluoride supplements (tablets or lozenges);
- fluoride treatments at the dentist.
If you live in a city that does not supply fluorinated water and your dentist believes that your child is susceptible to develop cavities, daily intake of fluoride supplements could be a solution to consider. The quantity will depend on:
- your child’s age;
- the amount of fluoride in the water, if it is the case.
Fluoridation of public water supplies is the most efficient and economical way to provide fluoride therapy to the largest number of people. It explains why this method is widespread. A majority of the toothpaste brands offered is also fluorinated.
To prevent dental decay in your child, your dentist may suggest fluoride treatment administered during a dental appointment.