FLUORIDE & YOUR CHILD’S TEETH
HOW IMPORTANT IS FLOURIDE AND IS IT SAFE FOR MY CHILD?
Contrary to what is often written on the Internet, fluoride is not harmful for your child. Although it may lead to dental fluorosis, the level of fluoride in our drinking water and toothpaste is too low to cause any such major side effects.
There is however, a wealth of scientific evidence proving how fluoride prevents tooth decay. All children’s toothpaste used should thus be fluoridated. The concentration of fluoride found in the toothpaste is also important, as little evidence shows children’s fluoride concentrations (about 450-ppm) to be effective.
In line with American and British guidelines, all children’s toothpaste used should have a minimal strength of 1000-ppm fluoride, which is found in most adult formulations in Singapore.
After brushing with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste as shown, your child should spit but not rinse, as this keeps the protective effect of fluoride in the mouth longer.