It’s extremely important for kids to get enough fluoride during childhood while their teeth are developing. Fluoride benefits the still-growing teeth when it is ingested in drinking water.
Kids need just enough fluoride to prevent decay. But too much of this mineral exposure can have an opposite effect by damaging the enamel.
So how do you know if your children are getting just the right balance of fluoride in their toothpaste and drinking water?
Safe and Effective Fluoride Levels
The American Dental Association recommends that drinking water contain a fluoride concentration of 0.7 parts per million. This is sufficient for the body to absorb what it needs over time without taking up a harmful amount.
Find out how much fluoride is in your family’s drinking water by contacting your community’s municipality. It’s a good idea to ask your child’s school, as well, if he or she drinks a lot of the water there or eats meals prepared with the school’s drinking water.
Children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years who get insufficient fluoride from their drinking water may need a supplement.
Where to Get Supplements
A fluoride supplement is only given with a dentist or pediatrician’s prescription. Not all children need them.
In the meantime, make sure your child brushes with a fluoride toothpaste every day. Toddlers and infants too young to spit out excess toothpaste should have you brush their teeth for them with just a smear of fluoride toothpaste. There’s no such thing as too much when it comes to this topical fluoride exposure!
Talk with your child’s dentist or doctor to find out more about your child’s cavity risk and how fluoride treatments can help.
Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
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