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Is Fluoride Toothpaste Safe for Your Child?

February 14, 2022
Posted By: Valleau, VanDeven & Massie Dental Team
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Fluoride toothpaste is safe and effective for toddlers and children when used correctly.

How Fluoride Benefits Your Child

The simple fact is that fluoride works for protecting teeth, and it works well. Fluoride helps reinforce the dental enamel supporting it if it has been weakened, helping to prevent tooth decay.

You can use fluoride toothpaste on children's teeth, but there are a few minor concerns.

Using Fluoride Toothpaste Correctly

Risks associated with the use of fluoride toothpaste in children are minimal. Still, there are some, including fluorosis, a condition that occurs in developing teeth where a permanent stain is created on the tooth by the presence of too much fluoride.

Ensure that your children don't swallow their toothpaste. If it happens every so often, that will not be an issue. Just don't let it become a habit. You should help your children brush their teeth until they are around seven years old, ensuring that they are developing the correct brushing skills and habits. While you're there, make sure that they spit their toothpaste into the sink rather than swallowing it.

You can brush your toddler's teeth with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, too, use a rice grain-sized droplet and for young children, use a pea-sized drop. Even baby teeth can benefit from fluoride toothpaste because even though baby teeth will fall out, they are foundational to your child's oral health.

Contact Us for Children's Dentistry in Grand Rapids, MI

At Valleau, VanDeven & Massie Dentistry for Children, we specialize in pediatric dental care, and we know how important your child is to you, which is why we insist on the highest level of care and treat every patient like they were our own child.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your children. We can help your little ones learn to take better care of other teeth, clean them, and monitor their oral health as they grow up, ensuring their smile stays healthy along the way.

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