Fluoride Fears: Let Us Explain!

You might have heard something from a friend who mentioned something about fluoride toxicity and now you’re not sure what to do. You use fluoridated toothpaste for your kids but is it really safe, you wonder? Should you be running to the store right now to buy fluoride-free paste? Before you spend hours researching this dental health topic only to find you’re still unsure, do yourself a big favor. Let us answer this question for you and offer some clarification. In short: Fluoride is perfectly wonderful for your kids’ teeth (actually, it’s essential). Now, for those details.

About Toxicity

Let’s say you walked into the bathroom and found that your child had eaten two whole tubes of toothpaste. This would, most certainly, be cause for concern. Of course, if your child was to eat a lot of anything from the bathroom, it could be quite alarming. Here’s what you need to know: In very large amounts, fluoride can cause gastrointestinal distress and can prove dangerous. If this were to happen, you should contact a poison control center or visit the ER quickly. However, daily use is perfectly safe (even if someone accidentally swallows a serving size amount every once in awhile). Daily use promotes optimal dental health!

About The Fluoride-Free Trend

Before the age of two, you should be using a fluoride-free baby or toddler product on your little one’s smile. However, after that, there’s no reason to avoid fluoride. Did you know that it is absolutely essential for good dental health? In addition to brushing with fluoride twice daily, we suggest fluoride treatments and encourage you to provide your children with tap water (if your community fluoridates it) to ensure their teeth grow strong.

Ask Us Your Dental Health Questions!

Remember to bring up all of your questions when we see you and your little one for a visit. We would love to help you feel more informed. Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.

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