Bottled Water May Be Destroying Kids' Teeth

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The New York Times reports that children's chompers have become astonishingly bad lately due to a number of factors. One is the tendency of parents to put their offspring to bed with a bottle of juice, which leaves the sugars eroding teeth during sleep. Another is the preponderance of snacks the kids consume on a continuous basis. But one of the biggest reasons apparently may be the belief on the part of parents that bottled water is better for their kids than tap water.

Unfortunately, bottled water contains no fluoride, which has long been proved to protect children's teeth. Tap water contains just the right amount, and it continuously bathes pediatric ivories in a protective ionic coating.

The Times' poster child for this phenomenon is Devon Koester, a Stanwood, Washington, native who recently underwent surgery for a root canal. He's 2½ years old. At the time of his surgery, he had cavities in 11 of his 20 baby teeth. While the kid was under gas, the pediatric dentist, in addition to the root canal on a molar, extracted two incisors, did several fillings, and finished up with a couple of crowns.

Besides drinking bottled water and eating sugary snacks, another reason for the rise in dental caries is that wimpy parents don't enforce tooth-brushing routines, according to the article.


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Hendersonville Dentist
Hendersonville Dentist

This just proves that not only should we brush our teeth regularly, but we also need to have a proper diet. It's quite obvious that too much sweet could easily cause cavities. As parents we should limit our kids' sweet intake. 

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Scottsdale dentist

Proper guidance of parents about oral health to their children is necessary. This can avoid future dental problems.

Peter
Peter

I knew about the fluoride but great point about not putting kids to sleep with juice. Save an emergency dentist trip and don't give your kids juice before bed. Duly noted.

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dentists scottsdale

I am worried now with my child’s oral health. I will consult a health expert immediately if my child is exposed to too much fluoride.  

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houston cosmetic dentistry

There are many things that can destroy our kids’ teeth without knowing. The only way to prevent it from happening even though we don’t know what’s causing it is to visit our dentist regularly.  

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arlington dental

I give my children a glass of milk. Juice is served during our meal times. Devon is unfortunate because he underwent oral surgery when he was 2 years old.  

nyscof
nyscof

Fluoride, Dentists “Magic Bullet” is Shooting BlanksPoor Not Helped; Money Wasted; Kids in Dental Pain; Viable Alternatives Shunned  Despite decades of water fluoridation in New York State, the Journal of the American Dental Association reports that emergency treatment for NYS toddlers’ severe tooth decay has grown substantially in numbers and costs, many require general anesthesia, (1) There is no evidence that drinking fluoride-free bottled water is linked to more tooth decay. In 72% fluoridated NYS, 25,622 children, under six-years-old, made cavity-related emergency dental visits from 2004 though 2008. Visits grew from 4,361 in 2004 to 5,683 in 2008. Seventy-five percent required general anesthesia, up from 35% in 2004. Total costs: $121 Million ($18.5 million in 2004 increased to $31.3 million in 2008), most borne by taxpayers. “There is a limited number of dentists willing to treat patients younger than 6 and/or accept Medicaid” write the NYS researchers.

NYS Department of Health statistics reveal that, even when water is fluoridated, cavity-rates are extremely high in low-income third-graders. (2) For example: 85% of low-income third graders have tooth decay in Wayne County (74% fluoridated)

83% in Ontario County (61% fluoridated)

82% in Cayuga County (not fluoridated)

82% in Allegheny County (14% fluoridated)

81% in Livingston County (55% fluoridated)

67% in Schuyler County (not fluoridated)

58% in Nassau County (not fluoridated)

Fluoridation not only fails New York State but nationally children, the elderly and poor lack dental care. The General Accounting Office estimates that 6.5 million children aged 2 through 18 in Medicaid had untreated tooth decay in 2005.(3)

Annually, 164 million work hours and 51 million school hours are lost due to dental problems, according to the Institute of Medicine. (4) Also, a 2008 study of the armed forces reveals 52% of new recruits had oral health problems needing urgent attention, reports the Pew Charitable Trust. The American economy is hurt by dentists’ refusal to treat low-income Americans and by organized dentistry’s lobbying to outlaw cheaper dental care by viable dental professionals, such as dental therapists Fluoridation is a false concept that must be abandoned.”

Past Studies Show that when fluoridation ceases so do cavities (5 )Sad we've allowed organized dentistry to convince us that all poor kids need is more fluoride. 80% of dentists refuse Medicaid patients. 100 Million Americans don't have dental insurance. Many of those with insurance can't afford dentistry's high out-of-pocket costs. This country needs to employ Dental Therapists. But organized dentistry is so politically powerful that legislators are afraid to tick them off and cause them to lose their lucrative monopoly by allowing Dental Therapists to work in the US as they have for decades in other first world countries - very successfully.

Also, the mistaken thought that fluoride could prevent tooth decay has made loads of money for industry but have overdosed our children. The CDC says almost half of adolescents have dental fluorosis (discolored teeth) from ingesting too much fluoride. Yet, tooth decay is rampant

Absent from discussion is that children are deficient in vit D and calcium - two nutrients required for healthy teeth. Also most juices have a fluoride content, either from the water supply used to make it or from fluoride containing pesticide residues. No American is or ever was fluoride deficient.

However, millions are dentist-deficient.There is no science to support the notion that drinking fluoride-free water leads to more tooth decay. Rotten diets make rotten teeth and no amount of fluoride can change that.

Martha
Martha

Bottled water may destroy kids' teeth when parents completely substitute non-flouridated bottled water for locally flouridated tap water, but for those of us living in communities where there is no flouridation or use well water, access to flouridated bottled water (it exists!) helps ensure our kids teeth are protected.

Astronomical11
Astronomical11

thank you, for some fucking common sense finally. Flouride is putting holes in our brain, but keeping our teeth from having holes, well our teeth are certainly more important than our brain!

Astronomical11
Astronomical11

you fucking idiot. flouride is in all water, everywhere. in any tap water source in america, and in almost every bottled water. you think you're free from flouride anywhere in the US? you're dead wrong. and i mean DEAD, because flouride is putting holes in your fucking brain.

M
M

Let me guess -- you and NYSCOF probably believe that 9/11 was a conspiracy and that the earth is really flat.  Unbelievable.  We're supposed to trust you and NYSCOF over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which endorses water fluoridation: http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridatio...

I'm willing to bet that your response will be something like this: "The CDC is part of the conspiracy." 

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