No Fluoride for Infants, Say Dentists

To prevent tooth damage, the American Dental Association (ADA) warned its members that fluoridated water should not be mixed into concentrated formula or foods intended for babies one year and younger, in a November 9th ADA e-mail alert.(1)

“But who will alert parents,” asks lawyer Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF).

Two-thirds of U.S. public water suppliers add fluoride chemicals, based on a disproved theory that fluoride ingestion prevents cavities. Bottled water with added fluoride is now sold with specific instructions to mix into formula.(2)

The ADA reports, ” … infants could receive a greater than optimal amount of fluoride through liquid concentrate or powdered baby formula that has been mixed with water containing fluoride during a time that their developing teeth may be susceptible to enamel fluorosis.”(3) The ADA recommends using fluoride-free water.

Enamel or dental fluorosis is white spotting, yellow, brown and/or pitted permanent teeth, pictures.

NYSCOF news releases in 2000 and 2004 (4,5) cited studies linking fluorosis to infant foods mixed with fluoridated water; scientific evidence here.

It took until 2006 for the ADA’s alert, following the Food and Drug Administration’s October disapproval of fluoridated bottled water marketed to babies,(6) and after the recent National Research Council’s (NRC) fluoride report indicated babies are fluoride overdosed from “optimally” fluoridated water supplies.(7)

“The ADA claims the NRC report didn’t question the safety of fluoridation(8) but it did, as the ADA now admits,” says Beeber.

“The NRC also revealed fluoridation’s adverse effects to the thyroid gland, diabetics, kidney patients, high water drinkers and others,” says Beeber.

Now, the Centers for Disease Control reports that modern science shows that fluoride absorbs into enamel topically.(9) However, adverse effects occur upon ingestion. Further, the CDC admits enamel fluoride concentration isn’t inversely related to cavities.

The Environmental Protection Agency is required to consider the most vulnerable populations when setting allowable water fluoride levels. To protect babies, allowable fluoride levels should be near zero.

“This should end water fluoridation,” says Beeber. “Fluoridation is a failed concept that must be abandoned before more Americans are harmed,” says Beeber.

References:

1) http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/pubs/epubs/egram/egram_061109.pdf

2) http://www.nurserywater.com/home.html

3) http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/positions/statements/fluoride_infants.asp

4) http://www.orgsites.com/ny/nyscof/_pgg10.php3

5) http://tinyurl.com/y8czsd

6) http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/flfluoro.html

7) http://www.nap.edu/openbook/030910128X/html/44.html

8) http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/topics/fluoride_report_response.pdf

9) http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5014a1.htm
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