Fluoride has been touted as an effective cavity fighting agent for decades. It can be found in most commercial toothpastes, mouthwashes, and often in city water supplies. But as with many things, the essential factor with fluoride is moderation.
Overuse of fluoride can result in a condition called fluorosis, characterized by white specks on the teeth. Children between the ages of one and four years old are especially susceptible. And since many community water supplies contain fluoride, children under the age of four should use non-fluorinated toothpaste. It’s also important to note that excessive levels of fluoride can be toxic to anyone of any age, but especially to children.
Dr. Buttaro can talk with you about your child’s fluoride usage, and whether topical fluoride may be applied to strengthen tooth enamel and help fight tooth decay.