July 20, 2015 According to the CDC, fluoride can reduce tooth decay in baby teeth by 60 percent, and in adult teeth by 35 percent. Children who drink fluoridated water as their teeth grow will have stronger, more decay resistant teeth over their lifetime. Last year, the American Dental Association revised its recommendation on fluoride use for children, now suggesting children age 2 and under use fluoride toothpaste, too. The reason is because it’s one of the best ways to prevent cavities and can even repair tiny areas of decay before they become cavities. For children 3 years old and younger, use the equivalent of a grain of rice, and for children ages 3 through 6, use a pea-sized amount. While using fluoride toothpaste is important, ingesting fluoride, especially through your water supply, is the most effective way to receive its full benefits. Toothpaste itself is only good for topical exposure and doesn’t work systemically, so it’s not enough on its own to prevent cavities. If your water isn’t fluoridated, we can prescribe it in a gel, mouthwash or tablet. Schedule appointments for your whole family today. We know your time is valuable, and with one phone call you can schedule appointments for all of your family members at Caffaratti Dental Group at the same time, saving you time in driving to various locations. Give us a call today.