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#1 of 3 Old 02-21-2014, 10:02 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi Dr. Sears,


I was wondering what your thoughts and recommendations are regarding fluoride treatments and children. My little one is 4 1/2 and I've refused fluoride topical applications in the past with the pediatric dentist. At the last appointment I had mentioned when I made the appointment that I did not want fluoride applied and it was done despite what I asked. Besides being extremely angry that they did not listen to me is there anything to be concerned about? I've been researching fluoride and have been reading conflicting information regarding safety in children. My child was not told to rinse right after but rather was told not to rinse or eat/drink anything for a half hour. Doing my research it seems that rinsing is recommended with children? There was no specific reason for this to be done such as cavities. Thankfully there were no cavities at this or the last visit but it seemed that the dentist wasn't happy when I said that I don't use fluoride toothpaste!


Thanks so much for your time. I really appreciate and value your opinion.


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I view topical fluoride as controversial as well. I don't think the research gives us a clear answer. In light on that, I usually tell patients NOT to do it, since we don't know it's safe.

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Thanks so much for your reply Dr. Sears. I really value your advice and appreciate your time.

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