Pediatric Guidelines Recommend Fluoride for Caries Prevention November 22 2014

Dental caries is the most common chronic disease that effects children.  In a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) titled "Fluoride Use in Caries Prevention in the Primary Care Setting," published in the September 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the AAP issued the following new recommendation:

     -  Fluoridated toothpaste is recommended for all children starting at tooth eruption, regardless of caries risk.  

     -  A smear (size of a grain of rice) of toothpaste should be used up to age 3.  After age 3, a pea sized amount may be used. Parents should dispense toothpaste and supervise and assist with brushing. 

     -  Fluoride varnish is recommended in the primary care setting every 3 to 6 months starting at tooth emergence. 

     -  Over-the-counter fluoride rinse is not recommended for children younger than 6 years due to risk of swallowing higher than recommended levels of fluoride. 

Dr David Schwartz, at Aesthetic Dentistry of Great Neck, agrees that children should be given fluoride starting at tooth emergence.  At every cleaning appointment, a fluoride application is done on children's teeth to help prevent against caries. 

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