Is Fluoride Treatment for Kids Cause for Concern?

Jamie J. Alexander on May 18, 2017

Is Fluoride Treatment for Kids Safe?

The use of fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse is valuable for maintaining healthy teeth throughout life. Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to dental decay and can even repair damaged areas of enamel before they become cavities. As a parent, you may be concerned about the toxicity of a fluoride treatment for kids and whether it might be safe.

Fluoride toothpaste and other forms of fluoride supplements are safe when used properly. Dr. Jamie Alexander in Boynton Beach, FL, recommends fluoride toothpaste be used when your child is old enough to be trusted to rinse and spit. We spend time with the parents of our patients and with our patients discussing the safe usage of fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouth rinses.

Fluoride varnish may be safely applied to children’s teeth in the dental office. Based on research evidence, the fluoride guidelines of both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that children at moderate caries risk should receive a professional fluoride treatment at least every six months and that children at high risk should receive fluoride treatment more frequently, every three to six months.

Dentists have effectively used in-office fluoride treatments for decades to help protect the oral health of children and adults, especially patients who may be at a higher risk of developing tooth decay, including children undergoing orthodontic treatment (braces). If a child has a history of dental decay, poor oral hygiene, or health issues that affect the health of tooth enamel, Dr. Alexander recommends topical fluoride treatment every three to six months.