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What are the risks of fluoride use?

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Fluoride is safe and effective when used as directed but can be hazardous at high doses (the "toxic" dosage level varies based on an individual's weight). For this reason, it's important for parents to carefully supervise their children's use of fluoride-containing products and to keep fluoride products out of reach of children, especially children under the age of 6.

In addition, excess fluoride can cause defects in the tooth's enamel that range from barely noticeable white specks or streaks to cosmetically objectionable brown discoloration. These defects are known as fluorosis and occur when the teeth are forming -- usually in children younger than 6 years.

SOURCE:  American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 17, 2019

SOURCE:  American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 17, 2019

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