Does Fluoride Really Make a Difference?
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
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
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 your dentist.
Topical fluoride is provided by fluoridated toothpastes and rinses. Additional
fluoride treatments are applied as needed by your dentist during regular
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.
* Source: American Dental Association
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