All About Flouride

Most of us know that fluoride prevents cavities, but did you know it can even repair and reverse tooth decay? Fluoride protects our teeth by preventing mineral loss in tooth enamel and by decreasing the ability of bacteria to produce acid that can damage teeth. The most common sources of fluoride are in tap water and toothpastes. When your baby is about a year old, schedule a check-up with a pediatric dentist who will examine their teeth and apply fluoride varnish. Varnish is painted on each tooth and is used to help prevent tooth decay. Applying fluoride varnish is safe and does not hurt.

How much toothpaste do you need to put on your child’s toothbrush?

  • Children under 3 years old: use a grain of rice sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Children 3–6 years old: use a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.