Fluoride-Induced Spots on Teeth Harm Kids' Self-Esteem, says Dental Journal

14 Apr, 2008, 01:00 ET from NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.

    NEW YORK, April 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fluoride exposure is
 rising and causing children's tooth imperfections, ranging from white spots
 to brownish discolorations and pitting (fluorosis), dentist Elivir Dincer
 reports in the New York State Dental Journal.(1)
 
 
 
     "Such changes in the tooth's appearance can affect the child's
 self-esteem which makes early prevention that much more critical," writes
 Dincer.
 
 
 
     Children, aged 2 to 7 years, can swallow about one-quarter milligram of
 fluoride with every brushing because their swallowing reflexes are not
 fully developed, reports Dincer.
 
 
 
     "Children from the age of 6-months to 3-years should not have more than
 one-quarter milligram of fluoride per day. Brushing the teeth of a
 2-year-old twice a day will expose the child to about one-half milligram,
 exceeding the allowable [daily] limits" [from toothpaste alone], writes
 Dincer.
 
 
 
     Intentionally swallowing the toothpaste which is likely, given the
 pleasant flavor of children's toothpaste, increases children's fluorosis
 risk, Dincer reports.
 
 
 
     Fluoridated water, supplements, mouthrinses and/or foods add to daily
 fluoride intake.
 
 
 
     Up to 48% of children have fluorosis, with 4% moderate/severe
 (yellow/brown teeth), reports the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).(2)
 Fluoride over-exposure at ages 22- to 25-months can discolor the permanent
 two front teeth while they form under the gums.
 
 
 
     Two-thirds of US water suppliers add fluoride chemicals to reduce tooth
 decay. This fluoridated water is used to make many foods and beverages.(3)
 "Water and processed beverages (e.g., soft drinks and fruit juices) can
 provide approximately 75% of a person's fluoride intake," according to the
 CDC.(4)
 
 
 
     Mixing infant formula with fluoridated water(5), fluoride
 supplements(6) and foods with naturally higher fluoride levels, such as tea
 and ocean fish, independently increase risk of dental fluorosis.
 Fluoride-containing pesticide residues remain on various foods. Fluoride is
 also inhaled via ocean and shower mist and is in some medicines.
 
 
 
     "It's obvious that fluoridation is dosing our children with
 uncontrollable and undesirable amounts of fluoride," says attorney Paul
 Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.
 "Besides affecting teeth, fluoride can be hazardous to your general
 health," he says. "We must stop fluoridation."
 
 
 
     Over 1600 professionals joined Environmental Protection Agency
 scientists in calling for an end to fluoridation.(7) Join the over 11,000
 individuals supporting them by signing the petition asking for a
 Congressional investigation at http://congress.FluorideAction.Net
 
 
 
     References: http://tinyurl.com/6p2eqn
 
 
 
     Contact: Paul Beeber, JD 516-433-8882 nyscof@aol.com
 
     http://www.orgsites.com/ny/nyscof
 
     http://www.FluorideAction.Net
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.
    NEW YORK, April 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fluoride exposure is
 rising and causing children's tooth imperfections, ranging from white spots
 to brownish discolorations and pitting (fluorosis), dentist Elivir Dincer
 reports in the New York State Dental Journal.(1)
 
 
 
     "Such changes in the tooth's appearance can affect the child's
 self-esteem which makes early prevention that much more critical," writes
 Dincer.
 
 
 
     Children, aged 2 to 7 years, can swallow about one-quarter milligram of
 fluoride with every brushing because their swallowing reflexes are not
 fully developed, reports Dincer.
 
 
 
     "Children from the age of 6-months to 3-years should not have more than
 one-quarter milligram of fluoride per day. Brushing the teeth of a
 2-year-old twice a day will expose the child to about one-half milligram,
 exceeding the allowable [daily] limits" [from toothpaste alone], writes
 Dincer.
 
 
 
     Intentionally swallowing the toothpaste which is likely, given the
 pleasant flavor of children's toothpaste, increases children's fluorosis
 risk, Dincer reports.
 
 
 
     Fluoridated water, supplements, mouthrinses and/or foods add to daily
 fluoride intake.
 
 
 
     Up to 48% of children have fluorosis, with 4% moderate/severe
 (yellow/brown teeth), reports the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).(2)
 Fluoride over-exposure at ages 22- to 25-months can discolor the permanent
 two front teeth while they form under the gums.
 
 
 
     Two-thirds of US water suppliers add fluoride chemicals to reduce tooth
 decay. This fluoridated water is used to make many foods and beverages.(3)
 "Water and processed beverages (e.g., soft drinks and fruit juices) can
 provide approximately 75% of a person's fluoride intake," according to the
 CDC.(4)
 
 
 
     Mixing infant formula with fluoridated water(5), fluoride
 supplements(6) and foods with naturally higher fluoride levels, such as tea
 and ocean fish, independently increase risk of dental fluorosis.
 Fluoride-containing pesticide residues remain on various foods. Fluoride is
 also inhaled via ocean and shower mist and is in some medicines.
 
 
 
     "It's obvious that fluoridation is dosing our children with
 uncontrollable and undesirable amounts of fluoride," says attorney Paul
 Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.
 "Besides affecting teeth, fluoride can be hazardous to your general
 health," he says. "We must stop fluoridation."
 
 
 
     Over 1600 professionals joined Environmental Protection Agency
 scientists in calling for an end to fluoridation.(7) Join the over 11,000
 individuals supporting them by signing the petition asking for a
 Congressional investigation at http://congress.FluorideAction.Net
 
 
 
     References: http://tinyurl.com/6p2eqn
 
 
 
     Contact: Paul Beeber, JD 516-433-8882 nyscof@aol.com
 
     http://www.orgsites.com/ny/nyscof
 
     http://www.FluorideAction.Net
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 SOURCE NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.