Fluoride & Children
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element found in our environment. Fluoride will make the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay. It can also encourage remineralization of the tooth surface, which can help in repairing early decay before it causes a cavity.
At What Age Should My Child Have Fluoride?
Fluoride treatments in the dental office may begin at around 3 years of age.
Topical fluoride gel works on the outer surface of the tooth and is not taken internally (don’t swallow it).
Fluoridated toothpastes should be carefully monitored before the age of 3, and any fluoride rinses should be recommended on the advice of the dentist.
Chewable tablets or liquid drops should also be carefully monitored and used if advised by your dentist! We recommend, if fluoride supplements are to be used, that a careful dosage be measured depending on your child’s age and weight.
Follow the recommended dosage on the packaging; however, sometimes your dentist at Tyler Dental Artz recommends cutting this dosage in half, depending on the recommended dosage for the child’s age.
Is There Fluoride in Toothpaste?
Yes! Careful consideration should be used with your child and the toothpaste tube. We recommend using less than a pea-size amount of toothpaste on the brush and encouraging your child to spit and rinse well after brushing.
Avoid letting your child swallow the paste, especially with children under 2. Monitor your child while brushing until s/he is old enough to follow these guidelines.
Fluoride Supplements: Who Needs Them?
The use of fluoride supplements may be recommended if your child has a history of cavities or is at high risk for decay. The additional fluoride will benefit the health of your child’s teeth and promote remineralization. Fluoride supplements include liquid drops, chewable fluoride tablets and over-the-counter fluoride rinses.
Parents should carefully supervise their children when using any fluoride product and keep fluoride out of reach of young children.