Fluoridated water has been called one of the most significant health achievements of the 20th century — but not every child gets enough fluoride. That's one reason why a topical fluoride supplement, applied in our dental office, may be recommended for your child.
Fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth in order to prevent cavities and aids in arresting decay. Most children who have fluoride in their drinking water and use a fluoridated toothpaste should be getting a sufficient amount of fluoride. Excessive fluoride ingestion by young children can lead to dental fluorosis, which is typically a chalky white discoloration (brown in advanced cases) in the permanent teeth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that fluoride toothpaste be used when the first primary tooth erupts into the mouth. Parents should use a tiny smear (1/2 the size of a rice grain) of fluoride toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush to brush baby teeth twice daily on children 2 years of age and younger. Once children are 3 to 6 years of age, using no more than a pea-size amount is appropriate. Younger children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively and parents should perform or assist in their child’s brushing. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.
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