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Any ideas why the dentist prescribe fluoride for children & not adults?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Tooth care: Adults can protect their teeth with regular use of Fluoride containing toothpaste and understand why. Kids, not so much.If common amounts of adult toothpaste is used in a kid, they may swallow 2/3 of it and end up with too much Fluoride in their system, causing permanent stains in their teeth. So too little or too much are both a problem. Selective prescribing allows the right balance.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry 58 years experience
Growth: I have to assume you are referring to Fluoride pills. The Fluoride in them gets into your blood stream and can end up as part of the tooth structures that are forming at that time. Adults' teeth are already formed and Fluoride tabs will have no systemic affect on them.

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Last updated Apr 17, 2016

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