NetWellness is a global, community service providing quality, unbiased health information from our partner university faculty. NetWellness is commercial-free and does not accept advertising.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Kids
We live on well water, and buy drinking water at the local grocery stores (no floride added). My children are 4 and 6 and the 4 year old will use a flouride toothpaste, the other uses a berry kids one. My 6 year old is in the school flouride rinse program. Would you suggest we switch to flouride water and/or a flouride chewable tablet?
Thank you for the question. From the sounds of what you currently do, I don't believe supplementing with fluoride water is necessary. The main benefit of fluoride is a low-dose high frequency topical action, which your kids are probably getting with the use of toothpaste. I would recommend talking with their dentist to make an individualized prevention plan based also on their cavity (caries) experience/history. Hope that helps.
Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati