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Fluoride in diet

We all have calcium fluoride in our bodies. It is mainly found in bone and teeth and the proper amount of it makes teeth strong by hardening the tooth enamel and preventing initiation of dental caries and tooth decay resulting from acid contained in sugars and the breakdown of carbohydrates. Lack of it, on the other hand, can danger the health of our bones and teeth. For kids under 6 years old, fluoride is essential for development of permanent teeth and that makes it vital for kids between 6 and 16 years old to have enough intake of fluoride in order to have healthy, strong teeth and far less cavities. Topical fluoride — from toothpastes, mouth rinses, and fluoride treatments — are important in fighting tooth decays in adults as well.
Fluoride in small amounts can reduce tooth decays. Adding fluoride to tap water has helped reducing the tooth cavities in children by 50 – 60%. These are the amounts of fluoride needed to be taken daily for each age group as recommended by The Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine:

* 0 – 6 months: 0.01 milligrams mg/day
* 7 – 12 months: 0.5 mg/day


* 1 – 3 years: 0.7 mg/day
* 4 – 8 years: 1.0 mg/day
* 9 – 13 years: 2.0 mg/day

Adolescents and Adults

* Males age 14 to 18 years: 3.0 mg/day
* Males over 18 years: 4.0 mg/day
* Females over 14 years: 3.0 mg/day

As a family dentist I suggest you meet the required intake of fluoride (and all the other essential minerals and vitamins) by having a balanced diet with variety of foods.
As a kids dentist I suggest using fluoride toothpaste when your kids become preschool-age. Use only a small amount of the toothpaste. Swallowing too much fluoride can leave permanent stains on the teeth (enamel hypermineralization). Your family dentist or your kids dentist can help you determine if you and your child are getting enough fluoride.

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