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Can you prevent fluorosis?

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Talk to your dentist about how much fluoride your child gets from drinking water and other sources such as fruit juices and soft drinks to decide whether or not your child needs more fluoride to prevent cavities.

At home, keep all products with fluoride -- toothpaste, mouth rinses, and supplements -- out of the reach of young children.

Only place a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your child’s toothbrush, and teach your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing instead of swallowing it.

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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