Did you know that fluoridated water may be one of the leading causes of fluorosis in infants? Yes. This article will show you just how it affects infant teeth so that you would be able to prepare yourself in terms of caring for your child as much as possible without experiencing too many complications when it comes to this condition.
Definition of Terms
Before we begin, let us first define what fluorosis is and how it can be obtained. Fluorisis is a condition wherein there are found to be white streaks in an infant’s teeth. Specifically it can be found in the incisors.
This is considered as a developmental disturbance by most doctors because the teeth do not normally have white streaks. Usually, it may remain unnoticeable by the naked eye. However in some cases, the discoloration turns out to be damaging to the patient in terms of how it looks. The worst case scenario would be that there would be severe discoloration or brown markings on the teeth.
According to research, it has been found out that the main cause of Fluorisis would be overexposure to large concentrations of fluoride. Children ages 20 to 30 months are severely at risk of incurring fluorosis. This is why it is important that as a parent, you should have your children avoid fluoridated water. Below is a list of possible sources of fluoridated water as follows.
- Untested bottled water for fluoride content
- Fluoride supplements
- Imported foods with high concentrations of fluoride
These sources may be indirectly or directly responsible for fluorosis so we have to be very careful as to the products that you buy for your children in the future.
Joe they have a greater risk of incurring fluorosis at the ages of 1 to 4 years old. However, after that the risk may decrease. This is why it is advisable for you to get your children away from fluoridated water as much as possible at these ages especially during the first few months after birth.
If you can do this, then you would be able to protect your child from having discolored and chipped teeth in the future.
Here are some other factors to be considered when it comes to determining the severity of Fluorisis in a child.
- Amount of fluoride exposure
- Individual response
- Physical activities
- Bone growth
- Nutritional quality
Possible Treatment Methods
However, patients with this kind of condition should not despair because it has been found to be treatable. Most dentists will be able to treat this condition by using cosmetic surgery. Here are some other procedures that can be done.
- Tooth bleaching
- Porcelain veneers
- Conservative restorations
- Composite restorations
This is why you should not worry too much about having fluorosis. However, you should do everything that you can to prevent this condition from ever occurring. You can do this by taking preventive measures as follows.
- Use ready-to-feed infant formula or babies. This will reduce their risk of Fluorisis in infants.
- In addition, you can also use water that is low in fluoride as the main component of the powdered milk formula that you feed the baby.
Tips on Monitoring Your Child’s Fluoride Intake
You should also make it a point to monitor your child’s fluoride intake so that you would not have to deal with the effects of Fluorisis in the future. Here are some tips on how you can monitor of fluoride intake of your child.
Try not to have your child swallow anything with fluoride that is not usually swallowed. (toothpaste, mouthwash etc.)
It is also good to know that if the water is fluoridated at the level of 1 PPM, a child should therefore consume at least one litre of water before the consuming 1 milligram of fluoride. Therefore, that would be highly improbable for a person to receive more than the tolerable amount of fluoridated water from consuming water with fluoride only.
It is important for the parents to reduce fluoride intake just below the tolerable limits. In this way, your child will not experience any effects of Fluorisis in the future.
There is a specific table that you can refer to if you want to find out the specific measurements of fluoride as well as the weight for each child as well as the adequate intake of fluoridated water. This way, you would be able to monitor your child’s intake more effectively.
Usually the tolerable intake of fluoridated water for young adults ages 14 and beyond would be 3.0 to 4.0 milligrams per day and 10 upper intake. This is why fluoridated water is generally safe for consumption.
To conclude, it is safe to say that it is up to the parents to control the child’s consumption of fluoridated water because the child himself will not be able to control it. As a parent, it is your duty to keep your child safe from any kind of illness that might occur due to his or her consumption of foreign entities in the environment.
Make yourself aware of the chemical content of each element would be helpful in monitoring consumption. It is also important to remember the nutritional value of everything that you eat so that you would be able to impart the knowledge that you have gained from the various studies that have been conducted with regards certain diseases like flourisis.
In this respect, you should not hesitate to ask your doctors in particular the dentists all the questions that you want to ask regarding fluorosis and other dental problems that might occur for your child in the future. This is the basic part of the family that you should be able to do without hesitation. If you can do this effectively, you would be able to protect your family against all the major diseases that might come in the future.
Always remember that your child’s health and well-being is the most important factor that you should consider when raising your family. If you are able to take care of your child physically and emotionally, you are one step closer to being a good parent.