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Dentists Warn About Flouride-Free Toothpaste, Water

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Your toddler's toothpaste may not be working in their favor.

Since
more and more kids are drinking bottled water instead of tap water,
they aren't getting the fluoride they need to keep their teeth strong.

This,
combined with the special fluoride-free toothpaste for toddlers, is
causing their teeth to decay, and some may even fall out.

"Teeth
start coming in about 1. And then there's ranges. 1 to 3, you use the
size of a grain of rice, a smear of fluoride toothpaste if you're
brushing their teeth. After 3, it's a pea-sized. And those are the
guidelines that parents should be using," said Dave Marsh with the
Illinois State Dental Society.

Before the bottled water fad, the
fluoride in tap water was enough for children to maintain a healthy
smile. Now, to be sure your kids have pearly whites, contact your
dentist or pediatrician to be sure they're getting the right amount. Too
much fluoride can lead to fluorosis, or pitting of the teeth, which you
don't want either.Dentists Warn About Flouride-Free Toothpaste, Water


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