Fluoride benefits children and adults throughout their lives. For children younger than age 8, fluoride helps strengthen the adult (permanent) teeth that are developing under the gums. For adults, drinking water with fluoride supports tooth enamel, keeping teeth strong and healthy. The health benefits of fluoride include having:
• Fewer cavities. • Less severe cavities. • Less need for fillings and removing teeth. • Less pain and suffering because of tooth decay.