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does my child need fluoride?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Maybe: If there is Fluoride in your city water your child likely doesn't need additional supplementation. However if there isn't any your child should take Fluoride each day. Go to your county website to find out about the fluoridation of your water or ask your pediatrician.
Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dentistry 15 years experience
Yes, but how much: If Fluoride is already present in your county or city drinking water your child is likely receiving plenty of fluoride. However, if there is no Fluoride added to your water, your child may need supplementation. See your dentist or pediatrician.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
NO!!!: Fluoride is considered more toxic than lead! it has been proven to significantly lower iq, increase risk of bone cancer and hip fractures & can reduce thyroid function. Research suggests that any benefits of Fluoride comes from applying it to teeth in toothpaste & there are no benefits of drinking it in water or taking Fluoride drops. See http://naturaldentistry.Us/1378/the-dangers-of-fluoride/.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Garbage.With proper use,fluoride has provided generations with healthier teeth and healthier lives. There are a few that want us to be afraid of our shadows & sadly they actually believe this bunk. In excess anything is potentially toxic,even water & oxygen.
Oct 4, 2012
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
If fluoride is absent in the community drinking water, specific supplements/ gels/ rinses may be recommended according to need. Batshaw 2011
Oct 4, 2012
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
Yes small amounts: Small amounts of Fluoride help protect the teeth from decay. The question is are they already getting enough from what they eat and drink or do they need additional. This depends on where you live, how old the child is, how good is their oral hygiene and diet, have they already had cavities. Your pediatric dentist can help guide you. One size does not fit all.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the guidelines with children and fluoride?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
Fluoride Children: Fluoride dosages in drinking water age 6 mo. To 3 years .25 mg , 3 to 6 years .5 and 6 to 16 years 1 mg. Recommended by american academy of peds. Too much Fluoride will cause staining of teeth or fluorosis.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Where in the u.S. Is there too much natural fluoride for children?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Several places...: One of which is in oklahoma: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/1985235.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How come we let children use toothpaste with fluoride?

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Dr. Mike Moore
Cosmetic Dentistry 43 years experience
Flouride ?: You obviously do not have to do that, as a parent you have the ability to avoid Fluoride for what ever reason you wish. That being said, we in the dental profession believe its use in a very small amount improves the ability of teeth to resist the bacteria which causes tooth decay. We have significant research to demonstrate that is correct, and toothpaste is a good way to administer it.

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