Dentists have been using fluoride treatments to help prevent tooth decay for decades. You’ll find fluoride in some foods and your water supply.
During this treatment, we apply Fluoride to all teeth that are through the gums (erupted). Fluoride is present in most toothpastes and mouthwashes on the market today. However, children's teeth need the added help of fluoride treatments from their dentist to prevent cavities.
In most places, you’ll get fluoride through tap water. Ingesting fluoride helps both the teeth that have erupted and those still developing under the gums. However, people who drink bottled water without fluoride or live in an area without fluoride added to the water supply might need supplements.
Your dentist can prescribe fluoride supplements in drops, gels or tablets from infancy through the teen years. Before starting any sort of fluoride treatment with your children, you should consult your dentist as ingesting too much fluoride can cause fluorosis. This is a condition where there are white spots on your child’s teeth.