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Are Fluoride Drops Safe for Children?

Posted on 4/12/2021 by Dr. Cheryl Freeman
Are Fluoride Drops Safe for Children?While fluoride-based toothpaste is quite effective at helping users maintain their oral hygiene, it is sometimes not enough to protect teeth from decay. This is where fluoride drops come into play. They can help prevent cavities while the first teeth of your children are still forming.

At Randolph Center for Dental Excellence, Dr. Bryan Freeman and Dr. Cheryl Freeman can help patients' avoid tooth decay by providing high-quality consultation.

Here is everything you need to know about fluoride drops for children:

Different Forms of Fluoride

Prescription fluoride is topically dispensed via toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. The American Dental Association, however, recommends systemic administration of fluoride in children via supplemental tablets and liquid or drinking water. When consumed orally, fluoride helps make teeth stronger and build resistance to decay. Consult our healthcare professionals to understand the appropriate dosage of fluoride according to your child's oral health needs and age.

Fluoride Drops for Infants

Our dental specialists prescribe fluoride drops to patients in order to prevent cavities in permanent and primary teeth while they are still forming. They start with determining the amount of fluoride present in the child patient's drinking water. Fluoride drops are usually pre-mixed and weighed in milligrams.

Liquid fluoride is sometimes diluted with juice or water or given to a child with food. If the child in question is on any sort of medication, most doctors recommend waiting two hours before the administration of the drops.

Just like any other drugs, it is extremely important to keep these drops out of children's reach. Excessive consumption can lead to indigestion, diarrhea, stomach pain, and sometimes even fluorosis over time. While this condition that causes white spots on the teeth may seem odd, it often doesn't affect permanent teeth and is generally harmless.

Remember to always practice excellent oral hygiene with your children. As soon as your baby's first tooth erupts, consult a dentist. To understand more about keeping your baby's and your mouth healthy, contact us today at (336) 444-2772.

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Dr. Bryan Freeman and Dr. Cheryl Freeman

(336) 444-2772

134 Davis Street
Asheboro, NC 27203-5469

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