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POISON WARNING

Oregon's King Fluoride
School-Based Tablet Program

"In the event that a child takes more than the recommended
dose of fluoride, call the Poison Control Center."

Administrative Guidelines

II. Implementing the Fluoride Tablet Program

A. Fluoride Dose
Fluoride tablets are available in two different strengths and are dispensed according to a child's age. Please be sure to choose the appropriate strength for the ages of your students.

When fluoride in water supply is less than 0.3 ppm

  • Ages 5 and under – 0.5 mg fluoride (= 1.1 mg sodium fluoride)
  • Ages 6 and up – 1.0 mg fluoride (= 2.2 mg sodium fluoride)
  • All children in primary blended classes that include 5 year olds should receive 0.5 mg fluoride (= 1.1 mg sodium fluoride).
  • DO NOT USE BOTH STRENGTHS OF FLUORIDE IN ONE CLASS ROOM and NEVER double up on fluoride tablets if you miss one day....

D. Suspected Overdose
All those who will be responsible for the distribution of the fluoride should be familiar with the procedure for overdose of fluoride tablets. A copy of the Treatment for Overdose of Fluoride Tablets should be available in each room where the tablets are distributed or stored.

  1. In the event that a child takes more than the recommended dose of fluoride, call the Poison Control Center...


Accessed on August 9, 2011 from the web page of the
Oregon Dept. of Human Services Oral (Dental) Health Program:
www.public.health.oregon.gov/preventionwellness/
oralhealth/pages/kftaba.aspx

QUESTIONS:

Equivalent 1 mg dose of fluoride in 2 tablets and in 4 glasses of tap water.

If it can be poisonous for 5-year-olds to swallow 1 mg of fluoride when it's in 2 tablets, then why is it okay for those children to swallow that same 1 mg of fluoride when it's in tap water?

Fluoride Concentration: Water, Toothpaste

Equivalent 0.25 mg doses of fluoride in 8 ounces of tap water and a dab of toothpaste.

If it can be poisonous for 5-year-olds to swallow 0.5 mg of fluoride when it's in 2 pea-sized dabs of toothpaste, then why is it okay for children to swallow that same 0.5 mg of fluoride when it's in tap water?