New ADA guidelines promote fluoride toothpaste use on young kids

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The American Dental Association released updated guidelines on when children should start using fluoride toothpaste.

According to the new guidelines, the dentist association suggested children begin using toothpaste with fluoride as soon as they get their first teeth in order to avoid cavities.

Previous guidelines recommended parents use only water to brush the teeth of children under 2. However, the updated version said parents should use about the size of a grain of rice of toothpaste for children under 3, and a pea-sized portion for kids ages 3 to 6.

The ADA said promoting fluoride toothpaste use at a younger age will help ward off cavities and fluorosis, a mild discoloration of the teeth.

ADA's new guidelines appeared in the February issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.


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  • nyscof

    No scientific evidence exists showing that decay-prone toddlers are fluoride-deficient. But there’s much evidence showing American children are fluoride-overdosed. So,we are shocked that the ADA is advocating for more fluoride use, and at a younger age, which seems to boost profits for fluoride toothpaste makers; but does not protect America’s most vulnerable to fluoride’s toxic effects.

    The new epidemic of dental fluorosis (fluoride discolored teeth) is the reason government, health and dental groups now advise that

    1) infant formula should not be routinely mixed with fluoridated water ( All infant formula already contains some fluoride, whether concentrated, ready-to-feed or organic.

    2) recommended “optimal” amount of fluoride in public water supplies be lowered (January 2011)

    3) dentists and pediatricians tally a child’s total fluoride intake from all sources before prescribing more – this is almost universally ignored.

    4) Only children at risk of decay should be administered fluoride – another virtually ignored fact.

    If the ADA’s interest was in protecting children instead of increasing profits for fluoride toothpaste manufacturers, they would have taken this opportunity to, inform parents of the above list and remind them to keep fluoridated toothpaste out of reach of children because it’s a poison and, if more than used for brushing, they need to call poison control. The ADA also could tell fluoride toothpaste manufacturers to stop selling candy-flavored fluoride-poisoned tubes of toothpaste so children can use it with the blessings of their uninformed parents, many in the privacy of a closed-bathroom door..

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