What is fluoride?
Where is fluoride found?
Who should receive extra fluoride?
|It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years take in some form of fluoride every day. The most common sources are drinking water (not bottled water) and toothpastes that contain fluoride. Your child's physician or dentist will determine if your child is not receiving enough fluoride and may choose to prescribe fluoride supplements. These come either as drops or tablets that are taken by mouth. The amount of fluoride that is prescribed is based on the child's age and amount of fluoride in the drinking water.|
What health risks are associated with fluoride use?
|In general, fluoride consumption is safe. Health risks associated with fluoridation are usually limited to misuse and over concentration. To avoid misuse and over concentration:
|Children are especially vulnerable to dental fluorosis as their developing teeth are more sensitive to higher fluoride levels. Consult your child's physician or dentist if you notice changes in the condition of your child's teeth. |
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