Infants, Formula, and Fluoride

Infant Oral Health Care Plymouth, MN Dentist


Fluoride is “a mineral important in bone formation used for the treatment of osteoporosis and prevention of tooth decay. Overdose can produce tooth mottling, joint pain, stomach pain, and nausea,” according to the Jonas: Mosby’s Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (c) 2005, Elsevier.

The key in this definition is to recognize that while fluorine can be helpful for preventing tooth decay, too much can be harmful.


Much of the debate for infants surrounding the topic of fluoride has been based on those consuming infant formula.  Many formulas come in the form of powder which can be mixed with water.  The manufacturers of this formula know the benefits this has on healthy teeth as the child grows, and have carefully worked to make sure that low levels of fluoride are in the formula.

Cities nation wide also see the benefits of fluoridated water, and have therefore added this to tap water to help prevent tooth decay.  According to the CDC “Nearly all tap water contains some natural fluoride, but depending on the water system, the concentration can range from very low (0.2 mg/L fluoride or less) to very high (2.0 mg/L fluoride or higher). More than 18,000 water systems serving 204 million people in the U.S. provide fluoridated water to their residents.”

This means that both contain fluoride with the goal of a healthier population, but the constant combination of both for infants can be too much.  Therefore, the recommendation is to do a combination of both bottled water and tap water when making baby’s bottles.  Know the level of fluoridation in your city, check the level in the formula used, and also in the bottled water to know how much your child is receiving each day.

For more information or questions on fluoride, contact Life Smiles, a family friendly dentistry in Plymouth, MN.

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