How Do I Know If My Child Is Getting Enough Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that most Canadians are exposed to only a daily basis through both tap water and the foods we consume. It is important in preventing tooth decay, and can even help stop the decay in it’s tracks.

Is My Child Getting Enough Fluoride?

How Do I Know If My Child Is Getting Enough Fluoride?

Fluoride is added to the public water supply as a health measure. Therefore, many Canadian children are exposed to fluoride through drinking water. If your child is under the age of three, this level of exposure, in most cases, is sufficient. However, if your child is at risk of tooth decay, your dentist may recommend that your child use a fluoride toothpaste even if he or she is under the age of three.

Your child may be at risk for tooth decay if, for example, they tend to consume a lot of sugary foods in-between meals – even natural sugars from fruit and fruit juices. Your child may also be at risk if he or she lives in an area where the water does not contain fluoride, or contains low amounts of this mineral. It’s important to take your child to the dentist to assess whether or not he or she is at risk of developing tooth decay.

What Can You Do?

For children over the age of three, the Canadian Dental Association recommends brushing teeth using a fluoride toothpaste. Note, however, that only a pea-sized amount should be used until children are six years of age. Parental supervision and assistance is needed as well, especially if your child is under the age of three.

Fluoride is an important part of your child’s oral health care. In most cases, your child’s level of exposure to fluoride should be adequate. However, excess fluoride can cause dental fluorosis.

It can be difficult for parents to tell if their child is getting enough fluoride without visiting a dentist. If you are concerned, it is important to speak to your child’s dentist about your concerns. Your dentist will advise you as to the best course of action.

Smile Town is a children’s dental clinic, dedicated to making your child’s dental experience positive and fun. If you are looking to make an appointment or you wish you speak with one of our dentists about whether your not your child is getting enough fluoride, we would be happy to do so. You can contact us here.