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02-03-2004, 05:03 PM
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Dd is 5 and at her dental checkup yesterday, the dentist asked if she takes her fluoride supplement (which she does, every day - our water is not fluoridated). I know that even though she uses fluoride toothpaste and a rinse, the internal fluoride is for the developing permanent teeth that have yet to emerge.
So the dentist casually says that the supplements shouldn't be taken with anything that contains calcium, because the two minerals essentially cancel each other out.
Well, gee, it would have been nice if someone mentioned this years ago, because DD takes her vitamin every day with breakfast, and breakfast always has calcium - soy milk, yogurt, calcium-fortified orange juice.
So, does this mean that for the past three or more years, my DD has been getting no internal fluoride at all? Do I need to worry about her permanent teeth now?