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Is Fluoridated Bottled Water Safe for Infants?

The FDA has approved the claim that fluoridated bottled waters help prevent tooth decay. However, we need to be careful when giving this water to infants. Infants do not require as much fluoride as older children and adults and too much fluoride can affect the developing teeth. A condition called fluorosis, caused by overuse of fluoride, results in permanent tooth discoloration and can even cause enamel deformities. To help prevent infants consuming too much fluoride, the ADA recommends breast milk or ready-to-feed infant formula. However, if parents choose to use powdered formula for their babies, the ADA suggests it be mixed with non-fluoridated water that is either purified, demineralized, deionized, distilled or filtered using reverse osmosis. For more information on dental health, please visit our website. kg