Health Resource Spotlight: Getting Fluoride for Your Child

February 17, 2017

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Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles: Getting Fluoride for Your Child

The Problem

Some families avoid serving their children tap water because they question whether fluoridated water is safe to drink.

One Solution

Consumer education about oral health has been posted on The Early Childhood Health and Wellness portal of the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and this year’s focus is on promoting the practice of drinking tap water with fluoride. Getting Fluoride for Your Child is a resource you can share with parents about the role fluoride plays in reducing tooth decay. It describes several easy ways that parents can help their children get an adequate amount of this important substance: by giving them tap water, having them brush with fluoride toothpaste, and allowing the dentist to periodically apply a fluoride varnish. This handout is available in English and Spanish.

Explore the other resources in the Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles to see what else might be useful for your families.


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Krista Scott

Written by Krista Scott

Krista Scott is an experienced child health expert working at the forefront of policy, advocacy and equity as the current Senior Director for Child Care Health Policy at CCAoA. For over 15 years, Ms. Scott has worked in public health and education, primarily in non-profit and government agencies, where she has honed her expertise in early childhood health, mental health, special education, program development and support and in using policies to strengthen practice. Ms. Scott has her bachelor’s degree in political science and her Master of Social Work with a focus on management and policy.