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Children's toothpastes that have low concentrations of fluoride may be ineffective in preventing tooth decay, new research suggests.
During a recent study by the Cochrane Oral Health Group, based at the University of Manchester in the UK, researchers found that toothpaste containing fewer than 1,000 parts per million was as effective at preventing cavities as non-fluoride products.
Conversely, toothpastes containing more of the compound have been found to reduce dental decay by about 24 percent, according to the Daily Mail Reporter.
Typically, children's dental care products will contain as few as 100 parts of fluoride per million, because of the fear that they may swallow the toothpaste and develop a condition known as fluorosis, which manifests itself in white, black or brown streaks on the teeth.
Dr Anne-Marie Glenny, one of the report's authors, told the news source, "From a public health point of view, the risk of tooth decay and its consequences such as pain and extractions is greater than the small risk of fluorosis."
The American Dental Association recommends brushing and flossing at least twice daily and frequently visiting a dentist to prevent dental health problems like tooth decay.
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