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Is fluoride safe for kids?

Many parents are unsure if their child would benefit from a fluoride supplement. It is a well-known, evidence-based fact that fluoride, when used appropriately, is one of the most effective ways to reduce a child’s risk of experiencing dental cavities.

Drinking fluoridated water and brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste are the most effective and easiest ways early childhood cavities can be prevented.

Children who consume mostly well water or unfluoridated city water may benefit from a fluoride prescription that can be obtained from your pediatric dentist. Other options would include store-bought mouth rinse or a prescribed fluoride gel for at-home use.

Children are especially susceptible to cavities, so don’t skip those six-month dental check ups. If you have concerns or questions about fluoride use, the best thing to do is ask! Your pediatric dentist can be a useful resource.


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