Children need fluoride to protect their teeth from acid. It helps provide a layer of protection and makes the teeth more resistant to acid. Dentists say that children should brush with the right amount of fluoride toothpaste, get fluoride treatments, and talk to their dentist about the importance of fluoride.
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It is important to use the right amount of fluoride in your child's toothpaste. To see how much fluoride toothpaste your child needs, see the image below. To learn more about what is in your child's toothpaste, click here.
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Fluoride is important to maintaining a healthy smile. To read more about how fluoride helps teeth and see answers to common questions on fluoride, click here.
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Many communities have fluoride in their drinking water. In Shasta County there is no natural or added fluoride in our drinking water. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports putting fluoride in the city water. Fluoride is a natural mineral that is present in all water. When fluoride is put into the community water supply, it is regulated to be the correct amount that is needed to protect teeth.  To learn more about water fluoridation, click here.