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Is there a good drink to give my child fluoride for his teeth health?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: See your Dentist

Fluoride intake must be very carefully controlled to assure efficacy without harm. See your dentist to review Fluoride in water supply, toothpaste, supplements, mouth washes, etc.
Don't do this yourself, see dentist or preferably pediatric dental specialist.

In brief: See your Dentist

Fluoride intake must be very carefully controlled to assure efficacy without harm. See your dentist to review Fluoride in water supply, toothpaste, supplements, mouth washes, etc.
Don't do this yourself, see dentist or preferably pediatric dental specialist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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In brief: Rx supplements

The best time for your child to take Fluoride is as prescribed by your dentist as they are growing up! if teeth develop with the appropriate amount of daily fluoride, your child's teeth will be 60% less prone to tooth decay with no negative side effects.
The Fluoride becomes part of the enamel and makes the tooth stronger! after age 18, topical application of Fluoride is all that's needed!

In brief: Rx supplements

The best time for your child to take Fluoride is as prescribed by your dentist as they are growing up! if teeth develop with the appropriate amount of daily fluoride, your child's teeth will be 60% less prone to tooth decay with no negative side effects.
The Fluoride becomes part of the enamel and makes the tooth stronger! after age 18, topical application of Fluoride is all that's needed!
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric

In brief: Rinse don't drink

Fluoride works best to protect teeth topically, meaning while it is actually in your mouth getting on your teeth.
When you swallow Fluoride (like in water) it comes back out in your saliva and topically gets on your teeth. If your water has Fluoride you probably don't need any extra. If you want additional Fluoride use a mouthwash with Fluoride that you then spit out, not swallow.

In brief: Rinse don't drink

Fluoride works best to protect teeth topically, meaning while it is actually in your mouth getting on your teeth.
When you swallow Fluoride (like in water) it comes back out in your saliva and topically gets on your teeth. If your water has Fluoride you probably don't need any extra. If you want additional Fluoride use a mouthwash with Fluoride that you then spit out, not swallow.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Dr. Howard Schneider
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics

In brief: City water

Most locales in the US have fluoridated water at levels sufficient for all humans.
If you have another source, like, well water, then you should get a prescription for fluoride supplements from your physician based on the child's age.

In brief: City water

Most locales in the US have fluoridated water at levels sufficient for all humans.
If you have another source, like, well water, then you should get a prescription for fluoride supplements from your physician based on the child's age.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
But not always. While the City of Philadelphia has regulated fluoride inn the water supply, the 64 municipalities surrounding the city do not. Make sure to check with your Pediatrician before age 1, and your Dentist after age 1, for appropriate supplements for your locality.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes and no

The aap discourages fruoride supplementation in the first 6 months& encourages parents to consult with local sources to define proper intake levels at any age.
Some local water supplies have no Fluoride and some have levels that will provide suggested fluride amounts with regular tap water use. Some bottled water has Fluoride added in specific amounts. Check local sources.

In brief: Yes and no

The aap discourages fruoride supplementation in the first 6 months& encourages parents to consult with local sources to define proper intake levels at any age.
Some local water supplies have no Fluoride and some have levels that will provide suggested fluride amounts with regular tap water use. Some bottled water has Fluoride added in specific amounts. Check local sources.
Dr. James Ferguson
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