young child in the dentist office in Red Deer, Alberta

Is Fluoride Safe for Your Child? Our Family Dentists Weigh In!

Along with regular brushing, flossing and dental visits, another effective tool to help your children fight against tooth decay is fluoride.

Both naturally occurring and delivered by dentists, this mineral helps strengthen enamel and prevent cavities. 

Unfortunately, early childhood tooth decay can cause pain and be expensive to treat. Prevent this and other dental issues by exploring the benefits of fluoride and incorporating it into your family’s oral care routine.

When it comes to children, the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) supports the use of fluoridated toothpastes and mouth rinses. Since younger children are more likely to swallow toothpaste while they brush their teeth, the challenge has always been how they can receive the right amount in a safe and reliable manner. 


What You Need to Know about Fluoride for Children

At Parkland Mall Dental Center, we treat patients of all ages – from children to senior citizens. The CDA has established certain guidelines for fluoride use in children from birth to 3 years of age. For this age group, children should only have their teeth brushed by an adult. Parents should only use a grain sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Using small amounts of toothpaste when brushing will ensure that your child receives all the benefits of fluoride while minimizing the risk of developing dental fluorosis. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about fluoride for children: 


  • Why do Children Need Fluoride? – Fluoride is an essential mineral for strengthening tooth enamel. Tooth decay is typically caused by a combination of bacteria and sugars that produce acid in the mouth. Therefore, fluoride protects your teeth from acid erosion and can even reverse early signs of damage.
  • What is Dental Fluorosis? – Dental fluorosis is a condition that alters the appearance of your teeth. It is caused when excessive amounts of fluoride are ingested in early childhood. In its mildest and most common form, dental fluorosis causes small white specks to appear on children’s teeth.
  • What are the Easiest Sources of Fluoride? – If the water in your community is fluoridated, it is one of the best and easiest ways to get fluoride. Water from the tap contains the appropriate level of fluoride needed to get added cavity protection. Other sources of fluoride include toothpaste, mouthwash, fluoride applications during regular checkups and cleanings at the dentist, and supplements.

If you are concerned that your child may be at risk for developing tooth decay, consult your Red Deer dentists at Parkland Mall Dental Centre. We are committed to providing you and your family with necessary dental care to improve your oral health. For more information on the benefits of fluoride for your teeth, read our Fluoride FAQ!

To book your next consultation, call Parkland Mall Dental at 403-342-1118 or use our online contact form. We are currently welcoming new patients of all ages, so please don’t hesitate to ask how we can help you and your family. In addition to flexible hours, we also offer dental financing, direct billing and we are voluntarily following the Alberta Dental Association’s fee guide to ensure our services are available to all patients.