Your questions – our answers

What can I do to make my child’s teething process easier?

We advise you use Dentinox® N teething gel, it acts as an analgesic and has anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. Plus, there are little aids that provide additional relief, such as a gentle gum massage or firm objects that the baby can bite on. A firm piece of vegetable or a cooled spoon are suitable in this context.

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All about fluoride

Is fluoride poisonous?
That depends entirely on the dose involved. Generally speaking, however, it is possible to say: not in the quantities normally usually contained in a toothpaste.

Does fluoride cause cancer?
No, according to the information presently available, there is currently no indication of that.

Is there any danger of overdosing?
No, the daily intake of fluoride in Germany is very small. As, additionally, fluoride is only absorbed by the body when it is swallowed, toothpaste does not constitute any risk if it is used properly. The only exception in this respect are children with milk teeth. While a child has milk teeth, overdosing can cause dental fluorosis. This means that white/yellowish spots are permanently formed on the tooth enamel of the permanent teeth. For this reason, children should always use a children’s toothpaste that has a fluoride content suitable for children. In cases where children are being given fluoride tablets a fluoride-free toothpaste should be used to prevent overdosing.

What happens when children swallow toothpaste containing fluoride?
A very large dose might cause side effects such as stomach ache. However, for that to happen, a child would have to completely swallow almost 70 grams of the toothpaste. But this is highly unlikely if the toothpaste is handled properly.

How do fluorides work?
Fluorides are deposited in the tooth structure, thus hardening the tooth. The tooth then becomes more resistant to acids and bacteria. In small doses, they additionally promote remineralisation of the tooth.

Form of fluoride intake in babies and toddlers
Fluoride can be ingested by babies and toddlers in two ways. Firstly, through the taking of fluoride tablets or, secondly, through the use of a toothpaste containing fluoride. If you have any doubts, please consult your paediatrician or dentist

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The milk teeth will fall out anyway, so it’s not that bad if they get caries.

Milk teeth do fall out but they are very important for the development of the child, which includes chewing of food, speech development and articulation. Milk teeth are also placeholders for the permanent teeth and ensure that the second teeth erupt at the right place. In addition, children who have become accustomed to regular dental hygiene at an early age find it much easier to likewise take care of the permanent second set of teeth both thoroughly and on a regular basis.

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What does it mean when a toothpaste is compatible with homoeopathy?

A toothpaste compatible with homoeopathy does not contain any substances that might have a negative impact on the success of homoeopathic treatment. These substances include essential oils, such as menthol.

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