On one hand, pro-platforms stand on fluoride being an essential mineral for oral health. On the other, cons expound on fluoride-associated dangers like bone fractures, osteosarcoma and low IQ.
Dental fluorosis is a change in the appearance of the tooth’s enamel, commonly causing white spots that stain the teeth. Fluorosis is triggered by too much exposure to fluoride when the teeth are developing. This can happen when fluoride supplements are taken by children age 8 or younger who live in areas where the water supply is fluoridated. It can also happen when children swallow toothpaste. Remember to teach your child to spit out toothpaste after brushing.
As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, parents should use no more than a smear or rice-size amount of fluoridated toothpaste for children less than three years of age and no more than a pea-size amount of fluoridated toothpaste is appropriate for children aged three to six.