The most effective way for your child to get fluoride’s protection is by drinking water containing the right amount of the mineral… about one part fluoride per million parts water. This is of special benefit to children, because fluoride is incorporated into enamel as teeth form. Children who, from birth, drink water containing fluoride have up to 40% fewer cavities. Many of them remain cavity-free through their teens.
Fluoride is one of the most effective elements for preventing tooth decay. This mineral combines with tooth enamel to strengthen it against decay. Fluoride may also actually reverse microscopic cavities by enhancing the process by which minerals, including calcium, are incorporated into the teeth.
New Jersey does not have fluoridated water and, therefore, we recommend fluoride vitamins for our youngest patients. Taken orally at the time when teeth are forming is the best preventive measure we can offer our children.
Look for fluoride toothpastes and over-the-counter fluoride mouth rinses that carry the ADA seal. They have been proven safe and effective for their intended use. The advertising claims for these products have been reviewed by the ADA so the claims are accurate and not misleading.
Additionally, we do provide an office fluoride treatment which helps, particularly because these youngsters may not be brushing very well. Children in braces can also benefit from fluoride treatment.
Adults who have exposed root surfaces, sensitivity, or get a lot of cavities can do better with prescription strength fluoride toothpaste.