fluride

Theresa - posted on 11/19/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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my dr keeps telling me to give my daughter fluride for her teeth and everyone i know keeps saying dont do it! so i asked my dentist he goes there is pros and cons to both its up to you i wont tell you yes do it or no dont....so anybody got an idea on what to do?

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We also have a well so there is no fluoride in our water. Right now I am using nursery water for my son. It has fluoride in it and he drinks some each day and I use it to water down his juice (you can also use it to mix formula). I also cook with it if the recipe calls for water. You can buy it at Walmart by the gallon and it is pretty cheap. The concern with fluoride is that too much can cause permanent white stains on your teeth. But, a little fluoride in your water, or the fluoride prescribed by a doctor, isn't going to be too much. I am taking my son back to the dentist in February and am going to get him a prescription for fluoride. Then I can stop buying nursery water.

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Jessica - posted on 11/21/2009

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Have you had your well water tested? Fluoride does naturally occur in water so don't assume all well water does not containg fluoride, because often times it will. If there really is no fluoride in your water, I would absolutely recommend the Fl. drops. If taken as directed your child will not get too much. The benifits of preventing tooth decay are worth it!

Jocelyn - posted on 11/19/2009

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I wouldn't. My mom gave me fluoride drops when I was little and now I am "blessed" with fluorosis (sp?) which means my teeth (the enamel) have really white spots, yellow spots, and some spots that look almost see thru. It cannot be fixed with bleaching. Too much fluoride is not a good thing. My son is almost 3 and he still doesn't use a fluoride toothpaste.

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The Dentist I work for recommends that you use fluoride with infants as well as older children...make sure you do some research on what amount your child should be using. The dentist can also do a paint on fluoride on your child once teeth are in place. They actually recommend that children see the Dentist at 6 months now. There is also something else you may look into its a product called Xylitol.....it is a natural substance that is found in birch trees, berries..ect..and it helps kill bad bacteria in your mouth/body and can prevent cavities as well as heal minor cavities.....There is a company called spry that makes a tooth gel out of it, as well as chewing gum, and a powder out of it. Its great for baking in place of sugar as well..just don't use it for bread..it also kills yeast! Wikapedia..has some information on it. Or check out Spry.com...I use it with my kids and chew the gum myself...some gum on the markets include Xylitol ..but it is not enough in that gum to be effective ...make sure its 100 percent Xylitol...and good luck with little ones chompers:) P.S just thought of something else....as your Dentist about a product called MI paste..its like a toothpaste just higher in fluoride..and is great stuff as well:)

Theresa - posted on 11/19/2009

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the dr wants her to use liquid floride and our water is from our own well it doesnt have floride. thanks ladies

Tracy - posted on 11/19/2009

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Make sure you check to see if your city has flouride in their water! I know mine does not

Krista - posted on 11/19/2009

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The reason you aren't supposed to give a young child flouride is because they don't know not to swallow it. If you can teach your child not to swallow it, then go for it. If you're worried about the amount of flouride she is getting, make sure she drinks tap water, which has enough to strengthen her teeth for now. I find that as long as you're teaching her the basics of tooth brushing, she'll be fine. These are her baby teeth and unless she eats a lot of sugar based things, she should be fine.

Tracy - posted on 11/19/2009

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I was unsure of giving my kids flouride too...my older brother was given to much floride and it caused the enamle on his teeth to erroad....so after talking to my pediatrition and the dentist and then making my own decision...i have decided to give them a flouride pill three times a week...every monday, wednesday, and friday. this way they are getting the benefits but it should not cause any lose of enamle or other problems.

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