Sunday, 13 January 2013

Figuring out the fluoride question

In 1930, fluoride was found to be important in the development of teeth and reduction of disease. Check with your pediatrician to see whether your child requires fluoride supplementation. Fluoride is often found in municipal water supplies — call your local water company to find out how much fluoride your tap water contains.

Most foods have some fluoride, but often not enough to make a difference. You can get higher concentrations of fluoride in citrus fruits and lettuce, but your children still need other sources for growing teeth. Using toothpaste with fluoride and fluorinated water are good alternatives to supplements. If you find that your water source doesn’t have enough fluoride (0.7 to 1.2 parts per million, or ppm), your doctor or dentist may prescribe drops or tablets. If you have any questions about fluoride, ask your doctor or dentist for some guidance.

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