e-mail Print Share

CDC posts community water fluoridation FAQs

April 27, 2015 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FAQ includes a break out box for health professionals:

  • Fluoride supplements can be prescribed for children at high risk of tooth decay whose primary drinking water has a low fluoride concentration. For children under 8, weigh the risk for decay without fluoride supplements, the decay prevention offered by supplements, and the potential for dental fluorosis.
  • Counsel parents and caregivers on the use of fluoride toothpaste by young children, especially those younger than 2 years. Fluoride toothpaste is a cost-effective way to reduce the prevalence of tooth decay. However, because they do not have a well-developed swallowing reflex and may like the taste of the toothpaste, young children often swallow a large portion of the toothpaste put on their brush.
  • The prescription dose of fluoride supplements should be consistent with the schedule established by the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.