Caring for your child's teeth
- Brush Teeth: Your child's teeth should be brushed twice a day with a smear of fluoridated toothpaste starting with the eruption of the first tooth or by age one at the latest.
- Drink Fluoridated Water: Your child should drink fluoridated water regularly. If your child drinks only bottled water, read the label on the bottle to see if the water contains fluoride. Most bottled water has no fluoride in it.
- Apply Fluoride Varnish: Your child should have fluoride varnish four times per year.
- Find a Dental Home: Your child should have a dental home. Bring your child to the dentist at least two times per year for preventive services.
Fluorosis usually appears as very faint white streaks on the teeth. Often it is only noticeable by a dental expert during an exam. Mild fluorosis is not painful and does not affect the function or health of the teeth.
Once your child's adult teeth come in (usually around age 8), the risk of developing fluorosis is over.