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CDC develops new fluoride recommendations for formula

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CDC develops new fluoride recommendations for formula

Texarkana Gazette - January 23, 2007

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month developed new recommendations concerning fluoride in infant formula.

The new recommendations aim to reduce the risk of enamel fluorosis, a cosmetic condition varying from barely noticeable white spots on the surface enamel of a tooth to pitting and staining of the outer enamel.

Recent evidence suggests mixing powdered or liquid infant formula concentrate with fluoridated water regularly may increase the chance of a child developing the faint white markings of very mild or mild enamel fluorosis, according to the CDC.

This occurs on baby and permanent teeth when they are forming under the gums.

Parents and health providers should weigh the balance between a child’s risk for mild enamel fluorosis and the benefit of fluoride for preventing tooth decay and the need for dental fillings, according the the CDC Website.

The possibility of an association between fluoride in infant formula and the risk for enamel fluorosis has been studied for many years.

Until now, most researchers concluded that fluoride exposure during the first year of life had little impact on the development of this condition in permanent teeth. But a recent study suggests it may play a more important role on fluorosis development than was previously understood, according the the CDC.

The CDC believes community water fluoridation is safe and healthy and promotes its use for people of all ages.

Texarkana’s water system is not fluoridated. Residents have turned back two efforts in the last several years to add fluoride to Texarkana’s water.

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