Although fluoride is beneficial to people's dental health, parents of very young children are sometimes warned to watch the amount of fluoride their kids' teeth are exposed to.
But why is this? According to the Academy of General Dentistry, excessive fluoride does not pose a health risk to youngsters, but rather increases their chances of suffering from a harmless condition known as dental fluorosis.
In fluorosis, the enamel of the teeth becomes slightly discolored, with chalky white specks or brown stains developing.
Children are at risk if they swallow significant amounts of toothpaste that contains fluoride, consuming too much of a fluoride supplement or if they drink large amounts of water that contains fluoride.
As part of a regular dental care routine, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents ensure their kids use no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
Parents who are concerned about fluoride may also consult with their local water treatment plan. The EPA has set a standard of between 0.7 and 1.2 parts per million for fluoride content in the public water supply.
For more information on discount dental plans, call 1-888-632-5353.
© 2008 Brafton Inc.
The materials and articles published on DentalPlans.com are for informational purposes only. Although DentalPlans.com strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. DentalPlans.com does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and DentalPlans.com makes no commitment to update the information on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on DentalPlans.com. Decisions based on information contained on DentalPlans.com are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold DentalPlans.com and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.
Nothing on DentalPlans.com constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. DentalPlans.com assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to DentalPlans.com with or without DentalPlans.com’s knowledge.