When should we use fluoride?

Fluoride is recommended to be taken orally up until the age of nine years old. Up until that age the permanent teeth are still forming but have not necessarily all erupted. Before your dentist determines the amount of fluoride necessary, we recommend you have your water tested to determine the amount of naturally occurring fluoride in your water. A fluoride supplement taken orally will help strengthen the enamel during those crucial years. After the teeth have completely formed and begin to erupt it is more beneficial to do a topical fluoride rinse as part of their daily home care. Children will also be given a prescription strength fluoride rinse at their routine dental visits with the hygienist. At that time your dentist will recommend a prescription fluoride rinse or an over the counter fluoride rinse for daily use at home.