Fluoride is a mineral that helps teeth become more resistant to decay (cavities). You can help prevent your child from getting cavities by making sure they drink ﬂuoridated water and brush at least twice daily with ﬂuoride toothpaste. For many children, this daily ﬂuoride exposure is enough to protect them for a lifetime.
But, has your child had a cavity in the past three years? If you answered yes, he or she is likely at higher-risk for tooth decay in the future. If your child is at higher risk for future tooth decay, you should also talk to your dentist about prescription-strength ﬂuoride that can be applied in their ofﬁce two or more times per year. Unfortunately, many higher-risk children are not receiving this protective treatment.