Protect Your Child’s Teeth Against Cavities

Why is fluoride needed?

  • Teeth are covered with a sticky film of germs, called plaque. Plaque uses the food we eat to make acids that cause cavities.
  • Fluoride fights the acids that cause cavities by making teeth stronger. 
  • Even before teeth come in, fluoridated water can make teeth stronger.
  • After teeth come in, fluoride treatments, fluoridated water, and fluoride toothpaste protect against cavities.

 How can my child get fluoride?

  • Drink fluoridated water.
  • Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste. (A pea-sized amount is all that is needed)
  • Use a fluoride mouth rinse after age  6. 
  • See a dentist for regular fluoride treatments.