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I just read about a program at my daughters middle school that offers fluoride rinses to students throughout the year. This program is offered at schools where a large number of students have un-fluorinated water (such as well water).<br><br>
I've never really considered the possible effects of fluoride rinses and wonder if any other parents here have. We have well water and have spent most of dd's life in places with well water. I'm told that the fluoride in city water is supposed to be good for oral health, but I don't always believe what I hear <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
Is this something you'd consider for your child? Do you have any good resources on fluoride?
 

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I would never consider it. Flouride is very unhealthy when ingested. Even the American Dental Association says there is no benifit to flouride when ingested. They suggest topical use (as in toothpaste) only. Personally, we avoid even toothpast with flouride. If you do a search online for risks of flouride, I'm sure you'll find a wealth of info. I'll see if I can dig up the good articles I had once before.
 

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thanks for the response, I'd love to see articles you've found. problem I have with just random google searches is that I'd find just as much either way for whatever case I'm looking at. I love a well documented article, but hate feeling like I've found casually referenced stuff.
 

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Presenting, the MDC Dental forum:<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=&f=308" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ysprune=&f=308</a>
 

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I would be fine with it. We have well water here and I'll be supplementing with some type of flouride for my baby's teeth. I don't necessarily agree with drinking flouridated water ALL. THE. TIME. But a RINSE? I have no problem with a rinse. I go to the dentist every four months and get flouride treatments there, and I've been cavity free since I started. When I first went (after no dentist for oh, 7/8 years) I had 13 cavities and needed several (like, six) root canals. UGH. If I can save my baby from that pain, I would like to.
 

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I had this done when I was in grade school. Everyone was given a little cup of pink flouride and they had to swish at the sink in the classroom. The school nurse administered it. Then they gave you some Gardettos. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
That said, I would skip it. From what I have read flouride is chemical waste and that thought makes me very uncomfortable.
 

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Interesting you hould ask when <a href="http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2007/08/14/600-physicians-dentists-scientists-and-environmentalists-call-for-an-end-to-fluoridation.aspx" target="_blank">this</a> (600 Physicians, Dentists, Scientists and Environmentalists Call for an End to Fluoridation) just came out.<br><br>
Personaly I feel that most kinds of preventative methods used are unproven, often harmful (ex: circ, vax, flouridation of water/toothpaste) and the same or better results can be achieved by teaching and practicing good hygiene.
 

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I guess my main concern would be, can my child definitely spit all of it out? He or she should avoid swallowing any saliva for the duration of the time they are supposed to wait before rinsing again with water (. I do this at home for my dd sometimes and I watch her carefully and engage her in some activity the whole time.<br><br>
The problem with fluoride is if you swallow it (even a tiny amount), but not if you can spit it out correctly. But we are doing it because we are having cavity problems in spite of good nutrition and regular brushing. If you are not having those problems then I see no real reason to do it.
 

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Last night I was thinking about this more and was thinking about how she's never had any problems with her teeth so why get all concerned about it now. I'd have thought that realization would come a bit sooner, thanks for the feedback again, we're gonna pass on the rinses and continue enjoying our well water (we paid $1,000 for water testing when we were buying the house, heh, we are most certainly drinking it!! - most neighbors don't but then again, most of them are still living with 30-foot hand-dug wells).
 

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Link to article:<br><a href="http://www.fluoridealert.org/WN-414.htm" target="_blank">http://www.fluoridealert.org/WN-414.htm</a>
 
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