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Infants on Formula at Risk of Developing Fluorosis?

formulaDental fluorosis commonly appears as faint, white flecks or spots with frosty edges that are difficult to see. Fluorosis is linked to fluoride intake by children under the age of 9, including infants who take formula made with tap water.

Most cases of dental fluorosis in the U.S. are so mild that only a dental professional can see them. Oftentimes barely detectable, these specks actually represent areas of stronger, more acid-resistant enamel, due to the incorporation of fluoride mineral. Fluorosis only affects teeth that are forming under the gums, and occurs when younger children consume excessive amounts of fluoride over long periods of time.

The most common source of excessive fluoride intake is toothpaste – a good reminder for kids to spit not swallow! Another source of fluoride intake is tap water, which explains why infant formula that requires mixing with water is linked to the condition, especially in babies fed exclusively on formula. (more…)

March 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment


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