Fluoride is an important preventive measure to help reduce tooth decay in children. Fluoride strengthens the tooth structure, so teeth are more resistant to acid attacks. It also helps to repair early stages of tooth decay. Studies have shown that the most beneficial way to prevent cavities is the use of both topical and systemic fluoride. Topical fluoride is fluoride that is applied directly to the teeth by toothpaste, mouthwash, or fluoride treatments at the dental office. Systemic fluorides are fluorides that are swallowed. Many towns add fluoride to the water, and fluoride is also found in dietary supplements such as cheddar cheese.
It is recommended to introduce fluoridated toothpaste to your child once they are able to spit out the toothpaste. Use only as pea-sized amount of toothpaste on their toothbrush. At Dentistry In Bolton, we apply fluoride by brushing on foam fluoride with a toothbrush. This enables the fluoride to come in contact with all surfaces of the teeth, including pits and grooves on the biting surface of the tooth. For children who have a higher risk of developing cavities, or have a history of cavities, we often recommend a three month fluoride program as an additional preventive measure.