Fluoride is a natural element, and has been shown to be valuable to teeth in small, doses. However excessive fluoride ingestion by preschool-aged children can lead to dental fluorosis, which is a chalky white to even brown discoloration of the permanent teeth.
While topical fluoride in toothpaste can be beneficial in protecting teeth, children who live in water fluoridated communities, and are consuming fluoride-fortified foods or beverages, such as infant formulas, may be at an increased risk. One way for parents to be aware and to reduce the risk of fluorosis is to obtain fluoride level test results for your drinking water, and reading labels to foods or beverages your child regularly consumes.
Fluoride varnish can be beneficial during dental visits if there is evidence of a heightened risk for cavities. Feel free to ask one of our team members for more information.