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Utah County Supplementation Recommendations

The Utah County Health Department offers fluoride prescriptions free of charge for children and infants.

You may take your prescription to a pharmacy to be filled at their cost.

For additional information, inquire at room 1610 or call 801-851-7024

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral frequently found in drinking water that helps to make your children's teeth stronger. This means they will be less likely to develop cavities. Fluoride tablets and solution are available as a medicine by prescription when there is not enough fluoride in drinking water.

Who Needs Fluoride?

Children under the age of 16 years who do not have enough fluoride in their drinking water should have additional fluoride. The amount of fluoride in drinking water is tested by your local city. Recommendations are made from these tests. A list of cities and their floride levels can be found here.

Are There Any Side Effects?

The side effects of fluoride supplements are uncommon and generally occur only with overdosage. Headaches, stomach aches, skin rashes, and discoloration of teeth can occur. If you notice any of these, or any other side effects, fluoride should be discontinued and your doctor should be notified.

How Should Fluoride Be Stored?

Fluoride and all other medications should be kept in a locked cabinet, away from small children. Overdosage should be reported immediately to Poison Control (1-800-222-1222).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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