Fluoride supplements come in the form of chewable tablets, lozenges and drops. They are a way of getting fluoride intra-orally and are only recommended to individuals who are at high risk for dental caries. High risk individuals might be those who don’t brush with fluoridated toothpaste twice daily, live in a community with non-fluoridated drinking water, have a diet high in sugars and/or have a history of dental caries. It is risky to start taking fluoride supplements without knowing how much fluoride you are consuming from other sources. If too much fluoride is consumed it can lead to fluorosis, which is a permanent discolouration of the teeth when the teeth are developing. This is why it is not recommended for use before the eruption of the first permanent tooth in children. It is very important to consult with a dental professional to find out if fluoride supplements would be beneficial to you or your children’s oral health.
Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontist, Implant and Gum Specialist