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Is Topical Fluoride Safe for My Baby's Teeth?

Posted on 3/6/2023 by SRD Muscle Shoals
Is Topical Fluoride Safe for My Baby's Teeth?What is fluoride? It is a mineral naturally found in air, soil, and water. The content of fluoride varies depending on where you are situated. This mineral is typically used in toothpaste as it is believed to minimize the loss of important minerals from your enamel, prevent tooth cavities, limit bacteria, and strengthen your teeth.

Its high content in regular toothpaste poses several questions to parents as they are unsure whether it is safe for children or not. Read on to find out more.

Is Fluoride Toothpaste Safe for Toddlers

Good dental hygiene practices begin at home. This means that when your child starts to have teeth, you can clean their first teeth with a damp cloth. But as soon as all their teeth come out, you can begin using a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

Introducing fluoride toothpaste to your baby's daily oral hygiene is not the issue. The issue is the amount of toothpaste you use. You are supposed to smear a minimal amount of toothpaste on your baby's toothbrush. Also, tell them to spit it once they are done brushing. Alternatively, angle your baby's head downwards to prevent them from swallowing the paste.

How Often Should I Use Fluoride Toothpaste on My Baby

Too much fluoride on your baby's teeth can cause discoloration and can damage their enamel, leading to a condition known as fluorosis. Therefore, it is important to minimize fluoride toothpaste as much as possible. Brushing your baby's teeth at least twice daily with a small amount of toothpaste, almost the rice grain size, will help improve their oral health and keep their teeth strong.

You can make a point to visit our clinic to get the best advice concerning toddlers and fluoride toothpaste. We will also do a thorough dental checkup on your child to ensure his teeth are developing well.
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