Fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical that is effective in preventing tooth decay. In recent years, fluoride has been responsible for a dramatic decrease in dental caries, despite the increase in the consumption of sugar.
Fluoride in toothpaste has been a most important factor in the reduction of dental caries. It is recommended by the dental profession. Fluoride toothpastes should be rinsed out of the mouth and should not be swallowed. Children should not use normal strength fluoride toothpaste until they can rinse out the toothpaste.