Prescribed Fluoride Intake
What is Fluoride? As a simple definition, it is a natural mineral found in the earth’s crust and normally found in foods and water supplies.
Most sources of fluoride intake at this time come from dental products like toothpaste, mouthwash, fluoride gels, among others. Some facts about fluoride products are:
- Toothpaste—over 95% now contain fluoride. The recommended amount of toothpaste to prevent excessive fluoride intake in children is “a pea-sized amount”. Many young children swallow over 50% of the paste, especially if they use candy-flavored paste, and a strip of toothpaste on a child’s brush can contain 0.75 to 1.5 mg of fluoride. Swallowing copious amounts of toothpaste as a child can cause dental fluorosis and can lead to acute fluoride toxicity.
- Mouthrinses – One mL of a fluoride-based mouthwash can contain 0.25 mg of fluoride, but anywhere between five and 15 mL can be used per standard rinse.
- Fluoride Gels (Self-Applied) – Sometimes, dentists will prescribe a self-applied gel for patients with a risk of tooth decay. Each mL of this substance has a whopping 5 mg of fluoride and so extreme caution is urged when applying the gels.
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