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Protecting All Children's Teeth (PACT): A Pediatric Oral Health Training Program
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Systemic Sources of Fluoride, continued

Toothpaste's effects are mainly topical, but some toothpaste is
swallowed by children and results in systemic fluoride exposure.

Strategies to Minimize Toothpaste Ingestion:

  • Limit the amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush
  • Discourage children from swallowing toothpaste
  • Encourage spitting of toothpaste
  • Supervise brushing until spitting is possible

Fast Facts
Efforts should be made to minimize swallowing of toothpaste, as it is a highly concentrated source of fluoride.
Fluoride supplements are recommended for children 6 months to 16 years of age whose primary water source is deficient in fluoride.
Pregnant women should not be prescribed fluoride supplements.

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