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What can happen if your child swallows too much toothpaste?

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If your child swallows a large amount of fluoride from toothpaste, mouth rinse, or supplements in a short period of time, it may cause:

Although fluoride toxicity usually doesn’t have serious consequences, it sends several hundred children to emergency rooms each year.

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain

From: Fluorosis Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: “Enamel Fluorosis.”

Reuters Health: “U.S. Lowers Limits for Fluoride in Water.”

KidsHealth.org: “Fluoride and Water.” 

CDC: “Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004”

SimpleStepstoBetterDentalHealth.com: “Fluorosis.”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “The Story of Fluoridation.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 07, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: “Enamel Fluorosis.”

Reuters Health: “U.S. Lowers Limits for Fluoride in Water.”

KidsHealth.org: “Fluoride and Water.” 

CDC: “Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004”

SimpleStepstoBetterDentalHealth.com: “Fluorosis.”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “The Story of Fluoridation.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 07, 2019

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