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Too Much Fluoride May Harm Babies' Teeth

While fluoride has played a major role in preventing millions of cavities, a recent study has shown that it might cause discoloration of the primary teeth of infants, who drank beverages that contained an excess amount of fluoride. A condition called dental fluorosis, which develops in the later years was a potential concern, particularly to infants who drank the most water-based beverages. Although dental cavities have dropped greatly as a result of fluoridation of water systems, studies have found that some nutrients were better than others. It was also discovered that too much exposure to fluoride of the nutrient during the years infant's teeth were developing, might alter the structure of the tooth enamel, which could lead to tooth discoloration, otherwise known as fluorosis.

A study followed 677 children from 6-weeks-old until they went for a dental visit after they reached at least 4 years of age. The study revealed that children who developed fluorosis drank more water-based formula and juice than those who didn't develop the condition. The study also showed that infants that received their fluoride from other sources like soy or liquid concentrate formulas were at a higher risk of developing dental fluorosis.

I have never been a fan of fluoride and this is another reason to add to my list. If this article raises the same concerns for you as it does myself, you can get more information on the dangers of fluoride by reviewing the links on the Fluoride Action Network, which is always updating their site with all of the international news about fluoride. It is interesting to note that the article also mentioned that infants who received their fluoride from soy-based formulas were more likely to develop fluorosis. This finding however doesn't surprise me considering all of the past articles I have published on the many dangers of soy formulas.

Journal of the American College of Nutrition April 2004

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