Fluoride Levels In Loudoun County Water

There are many benefits and risks associated with children’s fluoride consumption and we regularly receive questions from families in our practice about the need and safety of their child’s fluoride intake. Following are a few important questions we have been asked:

Is fluoride important to my child’s health?

Dr. Val:  Yes. Appropriate levels of fluoride allow teeth to naturally protect against decay, but too much fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, which eventually shows up as unsightly discolorations on permanent teeth. Fluoride can be received through food, water, or dietary supplements, so it is important to evaluate all possible sources of fluoride to make sure your child is not ingesting more than a healthy amount.

Q:   Is Loudoun County public water fluoridated?

Dr. Val:  Yes. Loudon County public water contains fluoride, but many families have well water, with varying fluoride levels. Drinking water should be tested to ensure a proper amount of fluoride. The Loudoun County Health Department (loudoun.gov/health), or your local pediatrician or pediatric dentist, can provide this important test.

Q:  What kind of toothpaste should my child use?

Dr. Val:   Baby tooth cleanser for very young and fluoridated toothpaste for older children (>2.5 yrs old).Young children using fluoridated toothpaste need monitoring to ensure they are spitting when brushing. These children are at highest risk of fluorosis and permanently damaging developing adult teeth. Always obtain fluoride level test results for your drinking water before giving fluoride supplements to your child!

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  • This has been proven to be untrue. Fluoride is poison.

    Yes. Appropriate levels of fluoride allow teeth to naturally protect against decay, but too much fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, which eventually shows up as unsightly discolorations on permanent teeth.

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