Fluoride is a compound that contains fluorine, a constituent element. Many food sources, drinking water, and even seawater contain fluoride. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states, "Research shows that community water fluoridation has lowered decay rates by over 50%, which means fewer children grow up with cavities."
Fluoride can be found as an active ingredient in many dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, gels and varnish. Using small amounts of fluoride on a routine basis can help prevent tooth decay. However, products containing fluoride should be stored out of reach of young children. We recommend supervising your child's tooth brushing habits up to the age of eight.
Dr. Luke and Dr. Marshall use topical fluoride in our office, fluoride varnish being the most often applied. Fluoride varnish is a preventative agent applied directly to the teeth by being brushed or "painted" on the enamel. It is especially useful for young patients and those with special needs.
Using fluoride for the prevention and control of dental decay is proven to be both safe and effective. At PDC we perform an individual risk assessment and will inform you how much and what type of fluoride is recommended for your child.