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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredBefore taking sodium fluoride, talk to your doctor about which form of this mineral may be right for you. It's possible to overdose or get too much sodium fluoride, especially if your water source already contains a sufficient amount. Sodium fluoride tablets may be used by children as young as six months of age, but only if their water source does not contain enough sodium fluoride. This type of toothpaste or gel should not be used by children under six years of age because of the risk of swallowing too much of the mineral. If you have serious kidney problems, joint pain or intestinal or stomach ulcers, talk to your doctor before taking any form of sodium fluoride.
Before taking sodium fluoride, a mineral used to fight cavities, you should know whether you are getting enough fluoride through your municipal drinking water as well as products such as toothpaste and mouthwash. Taking too much fluoride can be harmful.
You should know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Studies have not confirmed whether fluoride can harm your baby, but use caution and talk to your doctor first. Also, before taking sodium fluoride, consider your medical history. In older adults, sodium fluoride may worsen joint pain, kidney problems, and stomach ulcers.