Prevention of Dental Disease
Fluoride is a mineral that can prevent tooth decay from progressing. It can even reverse, or stop, early tooth decay.
Fluoride works to protect teeth.
It prevents mineral loss in tooth enamel and replaces lost minerals
It reduces the ability of bacteria to make acid
You can get fluoride from
Drinking fluoridated water from a community water supply: only about 7 communities in BC have fluoride in their water system. (If you have well water, see "Private Well Water and Fluoride" from the government of BC.)
Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste
If the dentist thinks your child needs more fluoride, he or she may—
Apply a fluoride gel or varnish to tooth surfaces
Prescribe fluoride tablets
Recommend using a fluoride mouth rinse