Fluoride is perhaps the most hotly debated dental topic. Parents on both sides of the issue have strong feelings.
The mineral use is backed by decades of research proving it dramatically reduces tooth decay. But other research indicates that excess exposure leads to weakened enamel, toxic poisoning, and possibly neurological problems such as ADHD.
What’s the final stand on fluoride? Is it really safe for your kids?
It’s the Amount that Matters
Like most other drugs, vitamins, minerals, and supplements, fluoride is beneficial, but dangerous in large amounts.
This is a serious matter when it comes to kids. Because children are small and still-developing human beings, they will be more sensitive than adults to high levels of supplements.
The key here is to monitor your children’s fluoride use and know the levels of fluoride in the water your kids drink. Some fluoride is essential, but unnecessary amounts can cause problems.
How Much Fluoride Is Safe?
From the day they get their first tooth, babies should have their teeth brushed with a rice grain-sized smear of toothpaste twice a day. Once your child is old enough to spit out excess toothpaste, they can have a pea-sized amount.
In these ADA-recommended portions, children can get the benefits of fluoride at an extremely low risk of ingesting any.
External fluoride use via toothpaste will safely strengthen teeth without ill-effects. Fluoride supplements and fluoridated water should be prescribed according to your child’s needs, so you’ll need to consult a dentist to find out more about that.
With the help of your local dental office, you can get the latest in fluoride research and help your kids safely benefit from fluoride!
Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
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