Is my child getting enough fluoride?  How much is enough?

“Fluoride is dependent on where you live, how much you are using, and where your child is going to school. For example, if you live in an area with fluoridated water, then you don’t need any prescriptions such as fluoride drops or vitamins. However, your pediatric dentist and your pediatrician will recommend topical fluoride. For example, fluoride in toothpaste, fluoride in mouthwash and also the fluoride you get when you see the dentist every six months. You want to take into account the fluoridated water at day care. The kind you get in water bottles. There are many factors. Topical is very important, but with toothpaste and mouthwashes, you want to make sure your child is properly spitting it out. You don’t want to use fluoridated topical paste, until they are able to spit it out properly.”