Fluoride has been shown to help prevent tooth decay.
Fluoride can occur naturally in water, but is often added to community water supplies. It is found in many different foods and in dental products such as toothpaste and mouth rinses.
How does fluoride prevent cavities?
Fluoride helps stop the loss of minerals from tooth enamel (demineralization) and encourages strengthening of areas that are weakened (remineralization). Fluoride also affects the metabolism of the bacteria in plaque, discouraging acid attacks that break down the tooth. When permanent teeth are exposed to fluoride while forming, they make a harder enamel which is more resistant to acid attack then regular enamel.
Will my child need fluoride supplements?
If your area does not have fluoridated water and after considering other factors, Dr. Mann may recommend a fluoride supplement while your child’s permanent teeth are forming.
If you are unsure if your community’s water is fluoridated, we offer complimentary fluoride testing of your child’s drinking water. Just bring a 2-3 oz sample of water in a plastic container to your child’s first visit.