Preventive Dental Care Study

Fluoride and Your Child's Oral Health

Fluoride is a mineral that helps teeth become more resistant to decay (cavities). You can help protect your child from getting cavities by making sure they drink fluoridated water and brush at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. For many children, this daily fluoride exposure is enough to protect them for a lifetime.

But, has your child had a cavity in the past three years? If you answered yes, he or she is likely at higher-risk for tooth decay in the future. If your child is at higher risk for future tooth decay, you should also talk to your dentist about prescription-strength fluoride that can be applied in their office two or more times per year.

Unfortunately, many higher-risk children are not receiving this protective treatment. Although 2.7 million of the children Delta Dental covers are considered to be at higher-risk for cavities, 65 percent of them did not receive the recommended two or more fluoride treatments per year. The great news is that many of Delta Dental's benefits plans cover preventive care, like two fluoride treatments per year, at 100 percent.

Take a look at your plan and make sure you are using preventive treatments to their full advantage—most are simple, painless and inexpensive. They can save your child from future pain and discomfort that often accompany tooth decay, and save you from paying for expensive fillings, crowns, or root canals.

Download our printable flyer on Fluoride and Your Child's Oral Health.