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 benefits.*
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 them harder.
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 check-ups.
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
* Source: American Dental Association