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Most US tap water contains fluoride today. However, most bottled water doesn’t. Many people have fluoride deficiency, which puts teeth at a greater risk for getting cavities. In some cases, parents think that they are protecting their babies by using bottled water to mix formula, but actually, tap water is better in this case. Many adults pack bottled water in their child’s school lunches and toss a bottled water in the car instead of filling up a reusable water bottle with tap water.
Fluoride is an interesting mineral because it attracts other minerals and strengthens tooth enamel. At your child’s checkup, we can determine whether his or her teeth would benefit from a fluoride supplement. If we find that your child’s teeth could use a boost, we’ll recommend a simple solution.
Fluoride mouth rinse in many flavors is available at our office. One quick rinse, and your child’s teeth will have a better chance of staying healthy. Oftentimes, our hygienist will recommend additional ways to keep your fluoride levels up between dental visits. These may include switching to tap water or using a fluoride-rich mouthwash at home. The only caution we give is to watch your child carefully when he or she brushes with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride ingestion during tooth development can leave white spots on the teeth (fluorosis).