With fun flavors like bubble gum and watermelon, children may like the taste of fluoride toothpaste and be tempted to swallow it. The more toothpaste they use, the more opportunity there is to swallow it. And if your child swallows too much, he or she could develop fluorosis, a condition that targets developing teeth.
Fluorosis can change the appearance of developing teeth, and in extreme cases, cause lasting structural damage. In its mildest form, it can leave white flecks or streaks on teeth. Severe cases can lead to brown spots and pits in the teeth. If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment with your child’s dentist right away. The dentist may recommend teeth whitening or other cosmetic treatments for mild cases. If the tooth itself is damaged, microabrasion (removing the top level of enamel), bonding, crowns or veneers may be needed.