What Can I Do to Prevent My Child From Developing Fluorosis?

3-8 Year Olds:

  • Continue brushing teeth thoroughly twice a day or as directed by a dentist or physician.
  • For children ages 3-6, use no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Many cases of fluorosis can be prevented by keeping children from swallowing fluoride products like toothpaste. Keep an eye on your child’s brushing to help minimize the amount of toothpaste that gets swallowed.
  • Do not use fluoride mouth rinses for children under six unless advised to do so by a dentist or other health professional. The American Dental Association does not recommend them at this age because many children younger than six haven’t fully developed their swallowing reflex and may swallow more than they spit out.

For more information: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/all-topics-a-z/fluorosis

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