Your child 1-3 years

Fluoride is no longer automatic


No supplementation before the first teeth, this is the message reviewed and corrected by the Afssaps (French Agency for Health Safety of Health Products).

Fluor: experts have backtracked

  • The systematic prescription of fluoride orally, recommended from birth to 2 years now seems unfounded. It leaves room for supplementation on a case-by-case basis, starting at the age of 6 months.
  • Datas have, indeed, suggested that the action of fluorine proved more relevant with the appearance of the first teeth. And to advise, as a basis of prevention, a brushing with fluoride toothpaste adapted to the age of the child and under the supervision of an adult. It is more with a small but regular intake of fluorides that one can expect maximum protective efficacy.
  • If the child has a high risk of cavities (poor hygiene, excessive consumption of sweet products), the prescription varies. The experts then recommend a drop or tablet, with an underlying condition: perform a review of the daily intake of fluoride (drinking water, salt) to avoid overdose, causing color and embrittlement of the enamel .

Maryse Damiens

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