Fluoride Content in Alternative Milk Beverages

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Fluoride Content in Alternative Milk Beverages

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Townsend JA, Thompson T, Vaughn S, Wang Y, Yu Q, Xu X, Wen ZT - "Analysis of Fluoride Content in Alternative Milk Beverages" J Clin Pediatr Dent 43(6):388-392 (2019) doi: 10.17796/1053-4625-43.6.5.

Background: The dentist has a responsibility to provide nutritional counseling
and fluoride consumption recommendations. The purpose of this study was to
measure and compare the concentrations of fluoride in a large number of
alternative milk beverages and bovine milk. Study design: Thirty-three milk
alternatives, including 9 diverse types and 11 different brands, were analyzed
using a fluoride ion-selective electrode (ISE) and an ISE meter. Fluoride
concentrations were then compared among different types and between different
brands. Results: Fluoride concentration ranged from 0.01 ppm (Malk® Pure Cashew
Milk) to 0.80 ppm (Almond Breeze® Original Unsweetened Almond Milk) with a mean
concentration of 0.32 ppm. When compared, bovine whole milk (0.03±0.00 ppm) was
found to be significantly lower in fluoride than all samples analyzed except Malk
Pure Cashew Milk, Soy Milk Vanilla, Rice Milk, and Pecan Milk. Major differences
also existed between the same milk alternative types of different brands.
Conclusion: The amount of fluoride varies among different types of milk
alternatives and different brands. To ensure that the dental team can provide
proper recommendations regarding fluoride use, manufacturers should consider
placing fluoride concentrations on nutrition labels.

DOI: 10.17796/1053-4625-43.6.5
PMCID: PMC6820709 [Available on 2020-01-01]
PMID: 31657991 [Indexed for MEDLINE]
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