Children may Come Down With Mild Fluorosis Following Substantial Consumption of Fluoride

by Savitha C Muppala on  October 29, 2010 at 6:37 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
A new research has pointed out that intake of substantial amounts of fluoride by young children through infant formula and other beverages could cause mild fluorosis.
 Children may Come Down With Mild Fluorosis Following Substantial Consumption of Fluoride
Children may Come Down With Mild Fluorosis Following Substantial Consumption of Fluoride

Children can, however, continue using fluoridated water and fluoride toothpaste because fluoride has been proven to prevent tooth decay, and mild fluorosis does not negatively affect dental health or quality of life.

"Nearly all of the fluorosis in our study participants was mild. A recent review of the effects of mild dental fluorosis on oral health-related quality of life concluded that the effect of mild fluorosis was not adverse and could even be favorable," according to the study.

"This suggests that concerns about mild dental fluorosis may be exaggerated. Therefore, no general recommendations to avoid use of fluoridated water in reconstituting infant formula are warranted, " the study revealed.

According to the American Dental Association, mild enamel fluorosis appears as barely noticeable faint white lines or streaks on tooth enamel that may occur when children ingest excess fluoride while their teeth are developing.

Researchers concluded that substantial fluoride consumption from beverages with fluoridated water, including infant formula, by children between the ages of 3 to 9 months and 16 to 36 months, elevates a child's prospect of developing mild enamel fluorosis.

The study was published in the October issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

Source: ANI

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Public health dentists such as Levy may consider fluorosis pretty; but cosmetic dentists are charging upwards to $10,000 to cover those fluorosed teeth. Too bad politics and money trump fluoride research as more and more children are being harmed by fluoride, especially that which finds its way into their feeding bottles when made with fluoridated tap water. the US Centers for Disease Control reports that up to 48% of US school children sport dental fluorosis - 4% of it moderate or severe [yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth]
fluoridation Friday, October 29, 2010

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