My doctor perscribed my daughter Fluoride (0.25mg) at 6 months. I have been giving it too her, but I am concerned that there are risks of supplementing. Any thoughts? (By the way, I live in an area where we can't drink the tap water and drink bottled water instead. Also, my daughter is 8 months old now and still breastfeeding with some solid foods) thanks!!

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Look at the contents of the "fluoride" you are giving your baby. I'll bet you it says "sodium fluoride". This stuff is different than the natural fluoride you would find in the mountains. Natural fluoride bonds with other elements and is passed through the body in small amounts. excessive amounts lead to fluorosis. The stuff we use is a waste product. It IS absorbed by the body to reek havoc on its organs. I grew up in Seattle and when I was 3 they they added fluoride to the water. I had plenty of cavities, weak teeth, flourosis and bad health. I'm not convinced. So much food is processed with water from municipalities that fluoridate their water that, unless you are being very diligent, your baby is already getting fluoride even through your breastmilk. Not enough research has been done on the effects of other chemicals and how the react with fluoride in the body and god knows we are being exposed! My personal philosophy is Question everything especially authority figures, do the research, ere on the the side of precaution and do your best. You are the mother of your baby. Don't assume anyone has her best interest in mind more than you. My mother spent MANY MONTHS researching and informing herself and others because our county (actually it was an outside group) wanted to add fluoride to our water supply. Here is a link to start you off if you're interested. Obviously you have concerns because you to the time to post. Best of luck. http://www.fluoridealert.org/

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I have given my children fluoride supplements since they have been pretty little, probably around the same age as yours and they were drops.  Now they are 9 and 5 and they take chewables. I think it is a very controversial subject to tell you the truth.  You will find dentists/doctors that say they need it and others that say they don't.  I don't know who is right, but I do know that my doctor and dentist both agreed that my children needed it and therefore I felt all the benefits outweighed any risks.  I can honestly say that I could definitely see a difference in the amount of plaque build-up behind my daughters bottom front teeth when she had gone without it for about 6 months, I was scraping it off constantly with an instrument (I worked for an orthodontist) because it was that hard to get off and it built up quickly and then when I put her back on the fluoride supplements again the plaque build-up subsided and now is back to normal again.  My personal experience is that my parents never gave us fluoride and we had a well and my teeth, as well as my sisters teeth, were horribly soft and to this day I still cannot leave the dentist office without having work done and I take very good care of my teeth and always have.  Now, if they had given us fluoride would my teeth not be so soft and cavity prone?  They say it probably would have made a difference.  I guess all I have to offer is our experiences with Fluoride supplements and that I am for them.  Good luck to you!!

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We were in an unfluoridated area for two years and didn't know it. My then 5 year old's teeth started having major problems and we couldn't figure out why since we are all obsessive brushers and flossers. His dentist started him on a flouride supplement and it stalled all the decay. Since we moved back to a fluoridated water supply we have seen no further problems with the teeth of any of our children.
I've never seen a 6 month old on fluoride though, and I don't think I personally would take that step at such a young age.
I don't believe that a personal choice like that can be placed in an "everyone should/shouldn't" category. It's one of those things that people on both sides respond quite vehemently to, so either opinion should be researched and then taken with a grain of salt.

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Quoting Jamie:



My name is Jamie and I am an expecting mom (June 2009)  But  I can help you with your concern. I am also a full time registered dental hygienist.   Unless your bottled water has added fluoride, then what the doctor perscribe is the right amout for little girl's developing teeth. In the right amout (becareful not to over due as far as amout applied each time), several pieces of liturature have shown that early intervention of supplimental fluoride on developing teeth  will have no decay with an addition to a good daily brushing and flossing routine.



Moms or primary care providers must take charge to make sure oral hygiene is done properly on a daily basis early on and be committed to teaching good habits early on. Sometimes that is having them watch you do it and them going through the motions with a toddler safe toothbrush dry.At 8 months.... a good idea...if you are not already...would be to swab your baby's teeth with a moist wash cloth after each breast feeding.






Hi, my name is Sarah, I, too am a full time registered dental hygienist.  I agree with your doctor and also with Jamie.  Fluoride supplement is needed in your daughters diet.  Fluoride isn't in the Poly-Vi-Sol vitamin supplement that is often recommended to nursing moms to give to their babies.  (I nursed until my daughter was 14months...And loved every minute of it)   Fluoride is needed to aid in the development of strong decay resistant teeth. 





 

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Cindy - posted on 01/21/2013

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I was given a prescription for sodium fluoride for my 3 month old when after getting the box read that it's not for anyone under 6 months of age. This didn't seem right to me and I do not recall my first born getting that.

Michelle - posted on 01/17/2009

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I use a toothpaste that has no fluoride and I would never give my baby fluoride supplements. I always think about when they put the warning labels on toothpaste (or atleast used to?) to call poison control if you ingested it. It just doesn't sound like a good idea to me

Stephanie - posted on 01/15/2009

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My daughter is on flouride too becuase there's none in the water, I think the risks are only if you take too much so just stick with the prescribed amout

Stephanie - posted on 01/15/2009

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My daughter is on flouride too becuase there's none in the water, I think the risks are only if you take too much so just stick with the prescribed amout

Stacey - posted on 01/14/2009

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Flouride is very bad for everyone!!! Please do more research, from various different souces before giving anymore to her.

Meredith - posted on 01/14/2009

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You have to be careful with fluoride because if ingested in too large amounts it is a neurotoxin. I personally was advised against using it by a physician with my 6 month old. I also use fluoride free toothpaste and mouthwash with my older son. It is a personal decision. I would suggest that you do a google search and research both sides before giving it to your child. Best of  luck to you.

Joanie - posted on 01/14/2009

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Ask your dentist. Mine said fluoride wasn't necc. my oldest was in China with me and we were on strict bottled water too...

Skyler - posted on 01/13/2009

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I agree with Kellie and Heather. It says ON the toothpaste tubes not to swallow it....Fluoride isn't meant to be ingested. Why on earth is it necessary to add more fluoride to the PUBLIC drinking water...to prevent tooth decay? Isn't that why we brush/floss. I definitely wouldn't willingly give my 6mth old supplements. Once your child has teeth, then worry about tooth decay and teach her to brush.

Heather - posted on 01/13/2009

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AMEN KELLIE!  Flouride does nothing to aid teeth.  It only "works" on very smooth enamel, but cavities are 99.9% of the time in the ridged part of the tooth.  Flouride sits in the spinal fluid like LDS, it NEVER goes away.  Dentists do not want you to believe it, but the research shows it!



We also use flouride free toothpaste.  I also do not permit our dentist to give flouride treatments at checkups.  I have 6 children and my oldest is 16 and further more NONE of my children have cavities!

Karen - posted on 01/13/2009

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My daughter is almost 5 and shes been on flouride tablets since she was 3, My doctor had the water she drinks sent to a lab to be tested first. and our tap water didn't have anough fluoride in it. although her dentist asked why she was on them and I told him the dr perscribed and tested water he said good cause alot of dr. dont get your water tested and if theres already flouride in the water the drink daily that its not good for there teeth to have so much flouride. My opinion on you drinking bottled water is there should already be flouride in it. I would def. loook into it.

Well I hope you figure it all out. take care Karen

Michelle - posted on 01/13/2009

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Orajel makes a tooth paste for gums and teeth with a gum brush to put on your finger my little one loved it, reading on the back of toothpaste for toddlers I read about the spots on the teeth from too much flouride. Sounds like you got plenty of advice hopefully it works out

Emily - posted on 01/13/2009

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when i was little my doctor prescribed me flouride and now i have white spots on my teeth and the dentist says its from too much flouride.  so check your bottled water and make sure it doest have any flouride and make sure her toothpaste doesnt either

Sharonne - posted on 01/13/2009

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Thank you everyone for the great responses!!! It is a much debated topic, but I think the over all consensus is that the recommended dosage is not a worry. Good to know. I'll continue without worry.
Thanks everyone!!

Shannon - posted on 01/13/2009

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Our doctor prescribed it for our son too but I only give it to him once a day or less. It seems to bother his stomach. But we have filtered well water and that seems to be okay for him. I figure when he gets more teeth (he only has 2 now) we'll probably be brushing his teeth anyway and that will give him the flouride he needs right where he needs it.

Debbie - posted on 01/12/2009

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When we lived in Connecticut our Dr also recommended the same. My son developed white spots on his teeth and when we moved to calif. the Dr there said the spots were from the fluoride so I stopped using them. Luckily they were baby teeth anyway. We have always only used bottled water.

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My son is 17 mos and has been on a polyvisol/fluoride supplement since 6 mos. I like that it contains a multi-vitamin as well. :) We live on a well too and Oregon doesn't add fluoride anyhow. I grew up w/it in the midwest, my husband did not and it is definitely noticeable!



I think fluorosis is an issue if they get too much.

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My son is 17 mos and has been on a polyvisol/fluoride supplement since 6 mos. I like that it contains a multi-vitamin as well. :) We live on a well too and Oregon doesn't add fluoride anyhow. I grew up w/it in the midwest, my husband did not and it is definitely noticeable!



I think fluorosis is an issue if they get too much.

Missy - posted on 01/12/2009

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When my kids were younger I lived in an area with no Flouride...  I used Nursey Water from KMART.  It is water in a gallon jug with flouride added to it.  I used this to make their ceral or any other times they had an opportunity to have water.  That way I did not have to use the supplement.  It seemed to be fine for my kiddos!!

Missy - posted on 01/12/2009

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When my kids were younger I lived in an area with no Flouride...  I used Nursey Water from KMART.  It is water in a gallon jug with flouride added to it.  I used this to make their ceral or any other times they had an opportunity to have water.  That way I did not have to use the supplement.  It seemed to be fine for my kiddos!!

Rachel - posted on 01/12/2009

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My children are teenagers now and I breastfeed and they also were on floride.  They had no problems.  They still drink bottle water.

F - posted on 01/12/2009

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I know my dentist wouldnt even give me Floride supplements when I was nursing(although normally he woul have because I had braces on at the time)

F - posted on 01/12/2009

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I know my dentist wouldnt even give me Floride supplements when I was nursing(although normally he woul have because I had braces on at the time)

Kim - posted on 01/12/2009

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HI I too am a dental hygienist and actually worked in pediatrics for 8 years. Fluoride is very important for tooth development at early ages because the permanent adult teeth are developing right now in the bone. It needs some fluoride uptake to make the enamel stronger. In the past when fluoride wasn't in the water, decay (cavities) were so much more prevalent. The surgeon general even stated that fluoride was one of the best medical interventions since the 1950's. Here is a link to the surgeon general http://www.apha.org/membergroups/newslet...



The one thing we always stressed though is not to get too much fluoride becuase yes it can cause fluorosis which is mottling of the teeth. I would definitely give her the supplements (I grew up with well water too and took the supplements and I have strong teeth, my parents did not and they have weak teeth). Do not use fluoride toothpaste with her yet not until she knows to spit it out (around age 3). Do you use only bottled water? If you use your well water get it tested by your department of health (usually free or just shipping charges) because it could have natural amounts of fluoride too and you wouldn't want to give the supplements. If you don't want to use the supplements daily at least use a couple times a week. Definitely give her some, you will be happy in the long run.

Hertencer - posted on 01/12/2009

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well for me i never give my daughter anything with fluoride until she was 1 ... now shes 3 andi still limit the amount of fluoride items that she uses. Like she only uses non fluoride toothpaste and mouth wash. What did the doctor say the fluoride was for?

Sharonne - posted on 01/12/2009

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I know, I figured it was safe too but did some inquire and found some sites that said it was not recommended due to risk of Fluorosis. Now I don't know. Here is some of the info: (like we need more to worry about!)

http://fluoridealert.org/health/infant/
http://www.prlog.org/10024887-new-fluori...
http://jada.ada.org/cgi/content/full/139...
etc.

I'm sure it's fine, because there is plenty of into out there recommending supplementation too, but I just wanted to double check with mothers.

Jamie - posted on 01/12/2009

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My name is Jamie and I am an expecting mom (June 2009)  But  I can help you with your concern. I am also a full time registered dental hygienist.



Unless your bottled water has added fluoride, then what the doctor perscribe is the right amout for little girl's developing teeth. In the right amout (becareful not to over due as far as amout applied each time), several pieces of liturature have shown that early intervention of supplimental fluoride on developing teeth  will have no decay with an addition to a good daily brushing and flossing routine.



Moms or primary care providers must take charge to make sure oral hygiene is done properly on a daily basis early on and be committed to teaching good habits early on. Sometimes that is having them watch you do it and them going through the motions with a toddler safe toothbrush dry.



At 8 months.... a good idea...if you are not already...would be to swab your baby's teeth with a moist wash cloth after each breast feeding.



Hope this helps with your concern.

Venessa - posted on 01/12/2009

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Quoting Jackie:



my father inlaw is a doctor in Hungary where they are very old school... he says no to fluoride... i agree with him.... i think that the natural breast milk is best .. she will get all she needs from that.. even if it depletes you of vitamins and minerals she will get what she needs.  Besides she can get fluoride later in life.. her teeth will have time to get strong.. never heard of fluoride at such a young age..





how come?

User - posted on 01/12/2009

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my father inlaw is a doctor in Hungary where they are very old school... he says no to fluoride... i agree with him.... i think that the natural breast milk is best .. she will get all she needs from that.. even if it depletes you of vitamins and minerals she will get what she needs.  Besides she can get fluoride later in life.. her teeth will have time to get strong.. never heard of fluoride at such a young age..

Venessa - posted on 01/12/2009

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both of my children are on fluoride...what kind of rick are you worried about. i didn't think there were risk with taking it? They said that because there is no fluoride in the water supply for the town we live that they need it for the healthy development of there teeth. i thought that it sounded pretty safe?

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