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All About Fluoride Drops For Infants

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You can drop off your kids at soccer practice. Your kid can drop some beats deejaying at their dance. And anyone can name drop to impress their friends. But did you know you can use fluoride drops to help fight off tooth decay with your child? You sure can. It's great for babies who may need the fluoride and don't have access to it in their water supply. It's also good for toddlers who may need more fluoride than their toothpaste can provide. Whatever the case is for you and your child, we dive deeper into fluoride drops below.

Fluoride in All Its Forms

From topicals gels and mouth rinses to toothpaste and drops, there are many different fluoride forms. But according to the American Dental Association (ADA) fluoride supplements in drop form are the safe and effective way to go when it comes to your bundle of joy. The amount of the child's dose is based on the fluoride concentration of the child's drinking water the child's age.

Why Give Infants Fluoride Drops?

Fluoride supplement drops help strengthen your baby's enamel on their teeth as they form. Additionally:

  • Fluoride drops strengthen enamel by helping to battle tooth decay and cavities during primary and permanent teeth development
  • Drops are often suggested where there's a low fluoride level in the local water supply
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services performs studies to make a recommendation for fluoride concentration in drinking water for the prevention of dental caries

Dispensing Fluoride Drops

Your dentist should work with local or state health department to determine the level of fluoride in your drinking water. According to the ADA, keep the following in mind when dispensing the fluoride supplement:

  • Fluoride supplements are available as a liquid and used with a dropper
  • Dosing is based on the natural fluoride concentration of the child's drinking water and the age of the child
  • To get the most from fluoride supplements, long-term compliance on a daily basis is recommended
  • Be sure to keep it out of the reach of your children
  • An excess amount of fluoride could lead to stomach pain, indigestion, diarrhea, or fluorosis — a condition marked by white spots on baby teeth

Daily Home Care

While fluoride drops are a great way to decrease cavities, they shouldn't be the only tool in your child's oral hygiene arsenal. As soon as your baby starts to teeth, you can get in your oral care routine with your baby. The earlier you start it, the more likely they'll have an interest in caring for their own teeth and gums.

Hopefully, the fluoride information provided above were little drops of wisdom for you and your child. Be sure to schedule an appointment and drop in on your dentist today if you have any questions about your baby's fluoride needs.

Oral Care Center articles are reviewed by an oral health medical professional. This information is for educational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist, physician or other qualified healthcare provider. 

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