Is fluoride beneficial to children's teeth?

Yes it is, but we now know that fluoride placed on the tooth surface is more important in preventing decay than drops or tablets swallowed. The enamel is the outer protective layer of the tooth and it naturally contains fluoride. Teeth can be strengthened if fluoride in the enamel is renewed. The main sources of fluoride are fluoridated tap water, fluoride toothpaste and fluoride supplements (mouthwashes). Most children get enough fluoride from the water, foods and toothpaste. For some children who have a lot of decay and have non-fluoridated water (ie: tank water), fluoride supplements such as mouthwashes may be needed. Check with your dentist first.

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