ADA Reveals New Fluoride Toothpaste Recommendation in Children


The American Dental Association has been recommending for almost half a century that children should start using toothpaste with fluoride by the time they reach two years old. However, the organization just revealed their new recommendation regarding use of fluoride toothpaste in the February issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

Early Prevention Measures
So what’s the new recommendation? Fluoride toothpaste may now be used in children by the time their first tooth appears, instead of waiting until they reach two years old. Such recommendation has to do with ADA’s aim to start the prevention of dental cavities as early as possible.

Dr. Edmond L. Truelove, chair of the ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs, said in a press release that “approximately 25 percent of children have or had cavities before entering kindergarten, so it’s important to provide guidance to caregivers on the appropriate use of fluoride toothpaste to help prevent their children from developing cavities.”

A New Recommendation with One Condition
The new recommendation by ADA comes with one condition though — that only a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste should be smeared into the little one’s toothbrush. This will help avoid the ingestion of fluoride resulting to dental fluorosis in children. Such condition is characterized by staining of the tooth enamel (or change in color) in children below 8 years old and are found out to consume too much fluoride.

Children’s Dentistry in Houston, Texas
Visit our clinics in Houston, Texas to learn more about your child’s fluoride requirements. The Royal Dental team in Houston, Texas has been helping young Houstonians smile straight, bright and healthy since 1992! Get in touch with us by calling (713) 330-7700 or by filling out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your child’s dental visit!

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