Fluoride is important to maintaining a healthy smile. Fluoride provides a layer of protection that makes the teeth more resistant to acid that causes decay. 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 toothpaste for your child. Children ages 0-3 can use a rice sized amount of toothpaste. Children older than 3 years old can use a pea sized amount of toothpaste.

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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 see below.

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Many communities have fluoride in their drinking water. In Shasta County there is no fluoride in our drinking 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.