There is a lot of controversy and differing opinions surrounding the issue of fluoridation and whether or not fluoride is safe for consumption, especially for children.
At My Kids Dentist, we recommend topical fluoride treatment every 3-6 months when you have your regular check-up and clean, regardless of age. We also recommend our patients use a fluoride toothpaste at home. In some cases where decay is severe and rapid, an extra high strength fluoride toothpaste may be recommended to strengthen tooth enamel.
Whilst fluoride can be harmful if ingested in large quantities, evidence shows that swallowing tiny amounts of fluoride in your saliva will not cause harm to you or your children. However we always teach children to spit out their toothpaste. In Australia, our tap water has fluoride in it, and this is good for teeth.
If you are concerned about your child’s exposure to fluoride of whether they may need fluoride supplements, contact your local My Kids Dentist so they can check your children’s teeth and discuss their fluoride needs.