Fluoride is a mineral which naturally resides in our soil, water, and food in small amounts. When fluoride is applied topically and ingested in appropriate amounts between the ages of 6 months and 16 years, tooth enamel can become stronger and more resistant to dental caries. The fluoridation of our public water systems is known to prevent tooth decay and is considered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Although most of Marin County’s public water is fluoridated, Novato’s water is NOT fluoridated as we receive our water from Sonoma County. Your pediatric dentist will discuss fluoride application for your child based on his or her individual needs. If you prefer not to use fluoride in office or via over the counter products please let us know as diet and hygiene recommendations may change.