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Fluoride Allergy In Children
No fluoride allergy: The authors of diatribes on the dangers of Fluoride use ambiguous & misleading terms to scare people about this important anti-cavity substance. Anecdotal reports from >50 yrs ago reported hypersensitive effects to 1 mg of fluoride. Fluoride supplements for children do not contain that much fluoride. The "hypersensitive" status refers to increased sensitivity not true allergy in these rare cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
“In hypersensitive individuals, fluorides occasionally cause skin eruptions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema or urticaria. Gastric distress, headache and weakness have also been reported. These hypersensitivity reactions usually disappear promptly after discontinuation ...Read more
Here ya go!: “In hypersensitive individuals, fluorides occasionally cause skin eruptions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema or urticaria. Gastric distress, headache and weakness have also been reported. These hypersensitivity reactions usually disappear promptly after discontinuation of the fluoride.” http://fluoridealert.org/issues/health/hypersensitivity/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: Fluoride allergy is highly unlikely. In fact I am highly skeptical that it even exists. Fluoride may cause upset stomach, but that is not the same as an allergic reaction. Some city water contains many chemicals and impurities that are very bad for you. I would recommend filtering your water with a brita or something similar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small amounts good: Small amounts of topical Fluoride help make teeth stronger. Large amounts of systemic Fluoride are not healthy. The key is finding the right balance for your child depending on their age, and risk for tooth decay. Yoour child's pediatric dentist can help you decide what amount is right for your child. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can children have too much fluoride? My friend told me she's worried about fluorosis and excess fluoride for her children due to toothpaste and fluoride in the water. Is this a genuine concern and something I should be worried about?
YES : Yes children can have too much fluoride, but they may not! here is the low done. Since it was noticed over 60 years ago that children who grow up in areas where the water is naturally fluoridated had lower rates of tooth decay, and that their teeth were resistant to decay, we have been adding Fluoride to the water supply in an attempt to replicate this effect for all children. There are all sorts of factions who argue for and against the use of fluoride, but the facts speak for themselves. The dosage use in the water is one part per million (1ppm) and if other sources do not complicate the scenario the children should develop protection and not have the fluorosis about which you have expressed concern. Fluorosis can occur when the children have twice the dose 2ppm. The problem with children using fluoridated toothpaste is that if they swallow it they will be getting more than the idea amount. It is one more thing that mom's have to be concerned about but not worry about. There are some children's toothpastes that do not have Fluoride in them. I have added a link below. Dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is it ever okay for children to use mouthwash? I've heard conflicting things about children using mouthwash because they might get too much fluoride. Is this true? Is there even any point in using mouthwash that doesn't have fluoride in it?
The : The effects of mouth washes are, very, very minimal. Brushing and flossing are far more important. Worry about your child brushing and foisting properly. Most children up to age 7 or so cannot properly manipulate their mouths for proper rinsing. They just end up swallowing the stuff. Spend the time on brushing and flossing and if that is perfect, then you can rinse, or not. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A few places...: Most municipal water supplies are regulated to make sure Fluoride levels are safe. Well water, of course, is not regulated the same. There are testing kits you can buy if you are concerned that will allow you to test the level of Fluoride in your water. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely not: Over 60 years history using Fluorides. Incidence of lung issues in children has not changed. Fluoride, like any medication, should be used EXACTLY as directed. 1st Dental appointment Age 1 (best with Pediatric Dental Specialist) who can talk to you about the right balance of fluoridated water, toothpaste, mouthwashes, etc. in your community. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: If you live in a community where Fluoride has been placed in the municipal water supply, it has already been provided at the optimum and safe level. In general, too little Fluoride and you get cavities more easily. Too much, and fluorosis can occur. Your water supply should be perfect assuming you don't use some type of home filtration system or process. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
That depends: Children should not use a fluoridated toothpaste until they can reliably rinse and spit. For many children this is not until they are between 3 1/2 - 5 years of age. There are many non-fluoridated infant toothpastes that can easily be found in your pharmacy and/or supermarket. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is using toothpaste with fluoride absolutely necessary? I am allergic to fluoride and use a fluoride-free toothpaste. Is this alright for my children to use as well, or should they stick to using fluoride toothpaste up to a certain age?
No: Using a toothpaste containing Fluoride is not absolutely necessary, but you need to be more careful about having good oral hygeine and healthy diet low in sticky, high charbohydrate foods and acidy drinks. Soda, fruit rollups and similar products should be avioded. Only about 1% or less of the population has a true Fluoride allergy. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does it mean if fluoride mouth rinse says that it should be kept away from children under 12?
Not the same thing: Like a lot of substances (oxygen, vitamin c, water) the correct small amount can be helpful, and too much can be poisonous. It takes at least 3x the recommended dosage of Fluoride over an extended time for there to be a problem. Despite lots of fearmongering by some groups the scientific facts are that when used correctly Fluoride causes no health problems and only protects teeth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are children more sensitive to fluoride than adults? My child drinks fluoridated water and uses toothpaste and mouth rinse with fluoride, as i do. Is this too much for his baby teeth?
Be careful: Children are not allowed to use adult tooth paste because of content is being not appropriate for children's health norms. Using excessive amount of Fluoride is not only going to create problems with the teeth, but also may affect the whole bone system. It makes bone structure much more brittle and teeth discolored. In some cases just fluoridated water is sufficient in providing necessary units. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Sure: Highly unlikely unless you purposely eat the gel.. It would not be accidental. Estimated adult lethal dose is 5 to 10 grams of fluoride. Topical Fluoride strength is 1.23% by volume (0.0123). You would therefore have to ingest 400 to 800 grams of the gel, all at once (14 to 28 ounces). The teaspoon or so you put in your mouth during application will not harm you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
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