Fluoride is not only safe, but it is essential in maintaining the health of your child’s teeth. On my pediatric rotation in dental school, I noticed that the children living in non-fluoridated communities had significantly more tooth decay than the children receiving fluoride from the water. Regular and moderate consumption of fluoridated water is harmless to you and your growing baby, while she/he is both in and out of your belly.
Just like everything else, though, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. That being said, the proper dose is extremely important. Your dentist can educate you on the proper exposure based on your child’s age. For this reason, it is important to use fluoride free, age-appropriate toothpaste. This toothpaste comes in an assortment of flavors so you can get your child’s favorite kind. You can buy children’s toothpaste at any pharmacy, and most dentists will give your child toothpaste to go after their regular dental checkups.