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Benefits of Fluoride Use

How does fluoride work?
A: When the element fluoride is used in small amounts on a routine basis it helps to prevent tooth decay. It encourages “remineralization,” or a strengthening of weak areas on the teeth. These spots are the beginning of cavity formation.

Will my child need fluoride?
A: Children between the ages of six months and 16 years may require fluoride supplements. Your child’s age, risk of developing dental decay and the different liquids you child drinks are important considerations.

What type of toothpaste should my child use?
A: You should use toothpaste with fluoride and the American Dental Association seal of acceptance. You children, especially preschool age children, should not swallow any toothpaste. Careful supervision and only a small pea-sized amount on the brush are recommended.

Is fluoride safe?
A: Fluoride is documented to be safe and highly effective. Research indicates water fluoridation, the most cost effective method, has decreased the decay rate by over 50 percent. Only small amounts of fluoride are needed for the maximum benefit.

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