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A 42-year-old female asked:

I was with a friend who was giving her child of 2years pediavit minimum (contains a,c, d, fluoride 0.25mg) instead of pediavit (only vit d) because she couldnt find at the drug store.i want to warn her but im not sure if im right. isnt f harmful?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not particularly: If you live in an area where the water source has excess fluoride I would avoid it. However, in most locations that vitamin combination is the one often recommended by pediatricians. Fluoride in a proper amount helps create teeth that are not as prone to decay.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Not harmful: In areas without public water fluoridation vitamins will usually be prescribed with fluoride.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Helpful, not harmful: In therapeutic amounts, supplemental fluoride strengthens teeth. And like any other element, in proper concentration will help, not harm. Your friend's child is a year overdue for a visit with a children's dental specialist, a Pedodontist, for examination, cleaning, fluoride balance evaluation, diet evaluation, baby bottle syndrome discussion, etc. Needs professional care, not a shelf of products.

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