Who Needs Fluoride?

Fluoride supplements are usually given to children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years who are not drinking fluoridated water. They are available as liquids for younger children and tablets for older children and can be prescribed by either your pediatrician or dentists from Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers.

All children should use fluoridated toothpaste. If your children are younger than 6, be cautious as these young children tend to swallow it after brushing rather than spitting it out. Use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and encourage them to spit out as much as possible. Avoid flavored toothpaste that might encourage swallowing.

Children at high risk of decay or those with a history of cavities should use additional fluoride to promote remineralization. Fluoride mouth rinses are recommended for children over the age of 6. Prescription fluoride rinses and gels are available from your dental office to provide a higher level of fluoride when needed. Parents should carefully supervise their children when using any fluoride product and keep fluoride out of reach of young children