In the 50s, fluorine (gradually introduced in toothpastes, salt or some water sources) was considered the panacea against cavities and plaque. Today, over fluoride in all the sauces, the risk of overdose for Baby. Even if your ally is to prevent caries, this trace element, which is involved in building bones and healthy teeth, must be given in quantities tailored to the age of toddlers.
The right amount of fluoride
Before 6 months
Prescription of fluoride tablets or drops, is useless in babies under 6 months. He simply advised to check carefully the amount of fluoride in the water feeds. If this water is suitable for newborns, no problem!
From 6 months to 3 years
- If baby has a low risk of caries, it is recommended brushing her teeth at least once a day with fluoride toothpaste ? 500 ppm (500 mg fluor/100 g of toothpaste, a look at the labels!) . The help of Mom or Dad is of course necessary. therefore, the simple little pad on his teeth.
On the practical side, the dose of toothpaste on the toothbrush does not exceed the size of a pea. And to prevent baby swallow toothpaste, a tip: rinse her mouth with warm water or warm. It will thus no desire to drink.
- If baby has a high risk of tooth decay (he takes medication regularly sweetened drinks anything but water at night, brushing his teeth, leaves something to be desired, Dad or Mom has a lot of tooth decay …), a addition of fluoride can be considered, drops or tablets. In addition, of course, a daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste ? 500 ppm. Do not hesitate to assess the caries risk of baby by a dentist, who will also establish a balance fluoride, taking into account all sources of fluoride and avoid overdosing.
From 3-6 years
It recommends brushing teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste ? 500ppm.