|Fluorosis and Fluoride|
The use of fluoridated toothpaste is essential in the prevention of dental caries. However, an intake of too much fluoride may cause a condition known as fluorosis, which manifests as white or brown spots on the enamel layer of teeth. Teeth with fluorosis appear chalky in appearance and the effects can be mild to severe. Since young children tend to swallow toothpaste when they are brushing, this may increase their exposure to fluoride and may put them at risk for fluorosis on their permanent teeth.
Although fluoridated mouth rinses are effective in preventing caries in high risk individuals, it should be used according to the needs of the individual and are not recommended for children under 6 years of age.