Infant and Children's Oral Health

Fluoride protects teeth from tooth decay (cavities) and helps heal early decay. Fluoride is in the drinking water of many towns and cities. Regular and frequent exposure to low doses of fluoride is the best way to protect against dental decay.

When fluoride is added to community drinking water, it provides an effective, inexpensive and safe way of reducing dental decay. To find out if your public water system is fluoridated, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website, My Water's Fluoride.

When there is not optimum fluoride in the water, fluoride drops, fluoride tablets, or a fluoride rinse may be given to your child. Be sure to talk to your dentist or pediatrician about fluoride supplements.

It's up to you to ensure that your child will grow up with good, strong teeth.

Further Information for Childhood Oral Health