Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that can be used to strengthen your child's teeth and prevent tooth decay.
There are two primary types of fluoride used.
- Systemic: This type of fluoride is ingested and in the correct amounts will make developing teeth stronger. Too much systemic fluoride may cause fluorosis or varying colors of spots on the teeth.
- Topical: This type of fluoride is applied to the erupted teeth. It can be found in most toothpastes, many rinses or prescribed gels. Topical fluoride strengthens erupted teeth. It is important to remember, too much of either type of fluoride can be toxic and will cause vomiting.
We suggest that the water fluoride levels be tested. This information is necessary before making fluoride recommendations. Check with your local water utilities or public health officials for fluoride levels in your area. If these sources are not readily available, you may purchase a fluoride test kit from our office.