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Ban Proposed on Fluoride Supplements
Tablets and chewing gum that contain fluoride are to be banned in Belgium over fears they might increase the risk of brittle bone disease. The Belgian health ministry confirmed on Tuesday it was considering the plan – thought to be the first such ban in the European Union. However, a spokesman said there was no […]
Are Fluoride Supplements Good for Children?
Fluoride supplements do not reduce tooth decay in baby teeth and the health risks of the supplements have not been adequately studied, according to a new study. The Cochrane Oral Health Group said Monday fluoride supplements significantly increase the risk of dental fluorosis. The condition is a change in appearance of the tooth’s enamel caused […]
Skip the Fluoride: Semiannual treatments pointless for many kids
May 24 (HealthSCOUT) — Hundreds of millions of dollars may be wasted annually on children’s fluoride treatments by dentists, a new study suggests. Typically given once or twice a year at routine checkups, the treatments do nothing to reduce cavities in kids, says a study of insurance records published in a recent issue of Journal of Public […]
New Fluoride Warning for Infants
Does your drinking water contain added fluoride? If so, keep it away from infants under the age of one. This directive was issued recently by an unlikely source: the American Dental Association (ADA). In a November 9th email alert sent to all of its members, the ADA noted that “Infants less than one year old […]
Vermont Health dept. issues fluoridation warning
BELLOWS FALLS — The Vermont Department of Health is warning parents not to give any fluoridated water to infants under 12 months of age. The recommendation comes on the heels of a recent statement from the American Dental Association that also asks parents not to mix infant formula with fluoridated water because of the risk it poses to the […]
Dental Experts: Too Much Fluoride Is Bad For Babies
BOSTON — Dental experts are warning that too much fluoride could be a bad thing for babies. NewsCenter 5’s Liz Brunner reported Wednesday that if you’re a parent, you may have noticed Nursery Water. It’s fluoridated water and bottled for babies. It’s marketed as a way to help prevent tooth decay. Dental experts said there’s […]
Formula, fluoride mix may discolor infants’ teeth
Infants fed formula mixed with fluoridated water could ingest more than the recommended amount of the tooth-toughening substance, which could lead to spotted or discolored teeth, a state health official said this week. Spokesman Gregory P. Moore said the state Department of Health and Human Services is asking two federal agencies — the FDA and […]
Health Canada downplays fluoride fears for infants
For the past year, the American Dental Association has warned parents that if their tap water is fluoridated, they shouldn’t use it to make infant formula. The worry: It could cause children to develop mottled teeth. Canadian health authorities haven’t made a similar call, even though the amounts of fluoride that prompted the U.S. recommendation […]
Are we getting too much fluoride?
Toronto — If fluoride is in our water supply, toothpaste, mouthwash and those foul-tasting rinses and pastes to which our dentists subject us, are some of us getting too much? Health advocates have wondered about this for decades. Now the concern is getting some ivory-tower support, and that’s cranked up the efforts of both the […]
Tooth Much of a Good Thing?
You think a wholesome act like Brushing teeth is free of Controversy? Wrong. A Connecticut dental researcher is warning parents that exposing their children’s baby teeth to too much fluoride can lead to increased risk of enamel fluorosis once the permanent teeth erupt. With enamel fluorosis, the natural ceramic cover of the teeth develops white […]