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ADA releases 'A Mom's Guide to Fluoride'

December 12, 2016

By Michelle Manchir

Dental professionals who come into contact with parents who have questions about the safety and benefits of fluoride and community water fluoridation have a new resource at their disposal to help educate families.

In December,, the ADA's consumer friendly website, released "A Mom's Guide to Fluoride," featuring commentary and a question-and-answer interview with Dr. Brittany Seymour, an assistant professor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Seymour, who also serves on the ADA National Fluoridation Advisory Committee, has a 3-year-old daughter.

"Our children deserve the healthiest start to their lives," Dr. Seymour writes, "and a healthy smile is one of the best gifts we can give them."

Dr. Seymour shares an anecdote from her first year out of dental school about a toddler who required extractions because of badly decayed front teeth. Dr. Seymour wrote that the girl  "grew up in a community without fluoride in the water."

In the feature, Dr. Seymour addresses common fluoridation-related questions, such as "Do I need to be worried about my child drinking water with fluoride?" and "Do I need to worry if my child swallows toothpaste with fluoride?"

Dentists can direct their patients who care for children to to see Dr. Seymour's commentary, and for other information for parents including how to care for your child's teeth, why baby teeth matter and information about dental sealants. Most of the website, including Dr. Seymour's commentary, is available in Spanish as well as English. Users can choose their language preference with a widget on the top right portion of the website.