Your Child’s Dental Health

Fluoride – a key factor in your child’s dental health

Children are at a greater risk for cavities than adults.

Since children do not tend to brush their teeth as frequently or as well as adults – and they tend to snack between meals and may eat more candy and other sugar-laden foods – their dental health should be monitored closely. Sadly, untreated tooth decay can lead to pain, poor eating habits and speech problems. Dentists know that children with fewer cavities have the best chance at keeping their teeth throughout their lives. That’s why the overwhelming majority of dentists and doctors support community water fluoridation.

Note – Even where drinking water is fluoridated, it is essential that children visit their dentist before age 1, according to the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry.

Parent tips for your child’s dental health:

  • Schedule regular check ups for your children with your dentist
  • Speak up for children’s dental health in your community
  • Support the fluoridation of your community’s water supply

Infant formula and the risk for enamel fluorosis

Mixing powdered or liquid infant formula concentrate with fluoridated water on a regular basis may increase a child’s chance of developing a minor cosmetic appearance of faint, often not noticeable white markings, known as very mild or mild fluorosis.  This occurs on baby and permanent teeth while they are forming under the gums.  Once a child’s teeth come into the mouth, they can no longer able develop the condition.

Infants age 0-12 months drinking reconstituted formula as their only source of nutrition have a greater chance of developing these faint markings.  Mixing concentrate with fluoridated tap water on an occasional basis is unlikely to be much risk.  Concerned parents can consult with their child’s physician and/or dentist to determine the best type of water to use for reconstituting infant formula.