Cavity-conscious mothers can rest assured their children will not be at increased risk of tooth decay if they can't breastfeed or they want to breastfeed their children for longer—as long as they have access to fluoridated water, research from the University of Adelaide has found. The new research, led by Dr. Diep Ha of the University of Adelaide in collaboration with dental and nutrition experts from Australia and UK, published in the Journal of Dental Researchlooked at cavities in five and six-year-olds, whether they had been exposed to fluoridated water, and if they had been breastfed as infants and for how long.
The argument is a case of comparing apples to oranges. Today, the mortality rates of infants is dramatically lower in affluent countries than it was historically, because of many medical health improvements over the past century or so. These include, but are not limited to improvements in our understanding of hygiene, disease, physiology and medicine.
Does she really need extra fluoride? Most communities do have fluoridated water in levels higher than 3 parts per million. The ADA American Dental Society used to recommend that children wait until age two before brushing their teeth with fluoride toothpaste.
It would be evolutionary suicide for breastmilk to cause decay. La Leche League GB is often asked about breastfeeding and dental health by mothers who have been told by their dentist that breastfeeding causes tooth decay. Because of their beliefs, some dentists advise early weaning from the breast or at least no night-time nursing.
Babies should not receive fluoride supplementation during the first six months of life, whether they are breastfed or formula-fed. After that time, breastfed and formula-fed infants need appropriate fluoride supplementation if local drinking water contains less than 0. Your pediatrician or pediatric dentist can advise you on whether there is a need for fluoride drops for your baby and prescribe the appropriate dosage.
All inquiries regarding copyright material from this publication should be directed to Editor. The aim of this study was to determine the fluoride levels in breast milk and plasma of lactating mothers who regularly consumed drinking water with low levels of fluoride. One hundred twenty five healthy mothers aged between 20—30 years old who had given birth within 5—7 days were included in the study.
Before the use of the baby bottle, dental decay in baby teeth was rare. Two dentists, Dr. Brian Palmer and Dr. Harold Torney, have done extensive research on human skulls from years ago in their study of tooth decay in children.
This one was posted way before I had much of a readership so I brought it back for the carnival because it is the post I most want for parents to read for informational purposes. Like many parents, I was suspicious of putting anything into my baby except what comes from my breast and local organic produce. But at around ten months of age, I began giving my daughter a little water in a sippy cup, not remembering that our local water is fluoridated.
There is a lot of misinformation in the media about fluoride. Here are science-based answers to questions you may have. Fluoride is nature's cavity fighter and occurs naturally in varying amounts in water sources such as rivers, lakes and even the oceans. Fluoride is naturally present to some extent in certain foods and beverages but the levels vary widely.