Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay, a common yet serious disease in Canada. Fluoride has been scientifically proven to:
- strengthen tooth enamel
- lower the amount of acid in your mouth
- rebuild minerals that make teeth stronger
Since the 1940’s, researchers have been testing the safety and benefits of fluoride. Apart from dental fluorosis and skeletal fluorosis, there are no other health effects related to fluoride.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding: Fluoride is not harmful to a fetus or through breastfeeding.
For infant formula: Municipal tap water and commercially bottled water (except carbonated or mineral waters) are safe for preparing powdered or concentrated infant formulas.
Many toothpastes and rinses contain fluoride.
It is important to follow the recommendations of your dentist when using fluoride with your child. Read the label to determine how much to use and monitor your child to ensure they do not swallow the toothpaste.