Sunday, November 12, 2006

Fluoride and Infant Formula: ADA Position Statement

The ADA (American Dental Association) has released an interim position statement on the use of fluoridated water in reconstituted infant formula. In a word...don't. According to the organization, it is preferred that any formula for infants be created with non-fluoridated water, (since there is most likely enough in the baby's diet to provide an adequate supply for optimal tooth structure).

From the press release:
  • Breast milk is widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends human milk for all infants (except for the few for whom breastfeeding is determined to be harmful).
  • For infants who get most of their nutrition from formula during the first 12 months, ready-to-feed formula is preferred to help ensure that infants do not exceed the optimal amount of fluoride intake.
  • If liquid concentrate or powdered infant formula is the primary source of nutrition, it can be mixed with water that is fluoride free or contains low levels of fluoride to reduce the risk of fluorosis. Examples are water that is labeled purified, demineralized, deionized, distilled or reverse osmosis filtered water. Many grocery stores sell these types of drinking water for less than $1 per gallon.
  • The occasional use of water containing optimal levels of fluoride should not appreciably increase a child’s risk for fluorosis.
Take Care

Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group in Mississauga
2233 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON, Canada
(1/2 km north of the QEW in the Dome Building)
(905) 273-7100