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    Abbie1980
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    Hi, this is my first ever forum post but I was just wondering what different parent’s views were on children using fluoride toothpaste? If you use an alternative kind of toothpaste, what were your reasons behind choosing that one? Do you know of anywhere where I can find some reliable information about which kind of toothpaste is safest and best?

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    AllAboutTheScience
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    Hi Abbie 1980!
    I have BAD fluorosis on my teeth (white and brownish marks) because I swallowed my toothpaste for years (I have no other ill effects, that I know of). Having said that my children do use fluoride toothpaste.
    I was using a non fluoride toothpaste for my kids before they could spit but 2yo still can’t spit and I’ve moved her onto a low fluoride anyway. The reason being that one of her teeth got a brown mark on it and I went into a panic!! We are VERY conscientious about teeth brushing and the kids only drink water so I was VERY surprised when she developed the brown mark. The dentist mentioned she might have poor/ thin enamel and, from what I understand, the effect of fluoride on teeth is to thicken the enamel so it seems the right choice.
    Also I only have 2 fillings and those cavities occurred during the period in which I was using non fluoride toothpaste. I realise this is just one person’s anecdata but, personally, I feel the benefits out weigh the risks.

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    Abbie1980
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    Hi AllAboutTheScience! Thank you so much for replying to my post. That is so mad that your 2yo got a brown mark on her tooth, especially seeing as you say your children only drink water. I thought brown marks were classically from sugar / tooth decay. I have been worried about fluoride toothpaste up until now but hearing your story has certainly made me reconsider things. Interesting that you say ‘low fluoride’ though as opposed to just ‘fluoride toothpaste’ – do different toothpastes contain different levels of fluoride then?

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    AllAboutTheScience
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    @abbie1980 The brown mark on her teeth probably is decay :o( My kids eat a lot of fruit (and some chocolate etc – I’m not a total meany!!) so that probably contributed but my son and daughter have the same diet and oral hygiene routine and his teeth a perfect so I think there must be another factor involved – like thin enamel for exmaple.

    Re: low fluoride tooth paste – as far as I know all kids tooth paste is low fluoride. They tend to divide it into stages and the fluoride content goes up with their age. I don’t know how they decided how much fluoride was ok for different ages though.

    Personally I think the fear about fluoride is exaggerated. I literally swallowed my toothpaste for YEARS and while yes I do have bad marks on my skin I have no other health problems and have really good dental health.

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