Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay. It is added
to local water supplies, toothpastes, and other mouth care products.
Fluoride controls bacteria and makes teeth stronger and more
resistant to decay. Fluoride also helps repair teeth that have already been
slightly damaged by plaque.
Normal amounts of fluoride added to public water supplies and bottled
water are safe for children and adults. If you or your child are at high risk of getting cavities, your dentist may recommend other sources of fluoride. These include varnishes or gels that the dentist puts on the teeth. Only give your child fluoride supplements if your dentist recommends them, and always follow the directions. Keep all fluoride products out of reach of your child.
Current as of:
August 9, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2017 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.