Fluoridated water has been called one of the most significant health achievements of the 20th century — but not every child gets enough fluoride. That's one reason that a topical fluoride supplement, applied in our childrens dental office in Springfield, Illinois, may be recommended for your child.
Fluoride helps strengthen teeth in order to prevent cavities and stop decay. Most children who have fluoride in their drinking water and use a fluoridated toothpaste should be getting a sufficient amount of fluoride.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that fluoride toothpaste be used when the first primary tooth erupts into the mouth. Parents should use a tiny smear (1/2 the size of a rice grain) of fluoride toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush to brush baby teeth twice daily on children 2 years of age and younger. Once children are 3 to 6 years of age, using no more than a pea-size amount is appropriate.
Learn the amount of fluoride in your drinking water by clicking the link below.
CDC Drinking Water Map