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Avoid enamel fluorosis in young teeth

Too much fluoride when teeth are developing can cause mild mottling of permanent teeth known as enamel fluorosis. A young child who regularly swallows adult strength fluoride toothpaste instead of spitting it out may develop enamel fluroisis.

To avoid dental fluorosis;

  • Do not use fluoride toothpaste in children under 18 months of age.
  • Choose a low fluride toothpaste for children aged between 18 months and 6 years of age.
  • Apply only a smear of toothpaste onto the toothbrush and force it into the bristles.
  • Ensure your child spits out the toothpaste after brushing.
  • Store all toothpastes out of reach from children. Some children love the taste of toothpaste and will eat it if given the opportunity.

If your child’s permanent teeth have erupted with mottling, see your dentist who can suggest treatment to improve the look of the teeth.

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