The New York Times recently published, “Many Children are Overdoing It On The Toothpaste,” based on a CDC study. This study focuses on fluoride and it’s potential harm
Purchase Children’s Toothpaste Without Fluoride
When my daughter was young, I only purchased children’s toothpaste for her from the health food store, without fluoride and a yummy mango flavor she loved. When we ingest fluoride it’s considered cumulative because we can only get rid of about 50% through our urine, which declines as we age. I would also think about all the other hidden chemicals being ingested which don’t require labeling on the tubes.
Consistent brushing and flossing habits along with a healthy diet are paramount to decay prevention, not fluoride toothpaste. Do not allow your kids to drink or eat anything sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, period.
When eating carbs and sugars, limit the frequency. It’s best to drink sugary beverages with a meal and to not sip on them slowly. The longer the exposure of liquid sugar in the mouth, the longer the acidity lasts which increases decay. I told this to my teenage nephew once, and when he purchased a sweetened iced tea, he gulped it down in one chug so quickly my sister took notice. He told her auntie told him to drink it as fast as he could to limit the acid attack!! You get the idea. It’s classic for service industry workers to sip on sodas slowly during their shifts, giving them some of the highest decay rates.
My grandfather was a dentist, Dr. Salvatore Griffo, and he gave me advice I always pass on to kids and their parents. When your kids are not at home, perhaps at school, have them swish their mouths well with water after they eat and drink. If you can’t brush, swish with water, which helps break up the food and neutralize the acidity after ingesting carbs and sugars. Most schools have water fountains, and believe me, as a kid, I knew where every fountain was, I was a good swisher.
Good oral habits will allow you to air on the side of caution by avoiding fluoride toothpaste for your kids, and perhaps, forever.
P.S. My daughter is almost 18 years old and she does not have one single dental filling from decay, and neither does my nephew!!
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