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How come we let children use toothpaste with fluoride?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Because it works

We avoid using fluoride pastes with kids before they can be taught to spit it out (swallowing it can be toxic) , but do when they can and older. It is one of the great advances in healthcare of the 20th century.

In brief: Because it works

We avoid using fluoride pastes with kids before they can be taught to spit it out (swallowing it can be toxic) , but do when they can and older. It is one of the great advances in healthcare of the 20th century.
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Dr. Mike Moore
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cavities

The alternative is cavities.
As long as your child can effectively spit and rinse, use only a pea-sized portion of toothpaste. If children are 1 year old or older, should be seeing General Dentist or preferably Pediatric Dental Specialist every 6 months. Extremely important that you floss children daily. Also talk to Dentist about sealants.

In brief: Cavities

The alternative is cavities.
As long as your child can effectively spit and rinse, use only a pea-sized portion of toothpaste. If children are 1 year old or older, should be seeing General Dentist or preferably Pediatric Dental Specialist every 6 months. Extremely important that you floss children daily. Also talk to Dentist about sealants.
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