A debate follows a warning by the ADA about giving babies fluoridated water.
By WILL VAN SANT
Published June 4, 2007
Few noticed in November when the American Dental Association alerted its members via e-mail of a possible problem with giving babies fluoridated water:
The ADA, long among fluoride's biggest advocates, wrote that parents of infants younger than a year old "should consider using water that has no or low levels of fluoride" when mixing baby formula.
Public health agencies in some states, like Vermont and New Hampshire, responded by issuing warnings through the media based on the ADA e-mail.
But it would be four months before Florida's Department of Health would relay the ADA's message on its Web site along with its own seemingly contradictory footnote: "Mixing formula with fluoridated water poses no known health risks."
Neither Hillsborough nor Pinellas counties' water utilities - both of which use fluoride additive - passed along the warning.
So is fluoridated water safe for infants? (or anyone?) It depends on whom you ask.
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