Infants Need No Fluoride Supplementation

Nicholas W. Hether, Ph.D.
Manager, Product Purity and Regulatory Sciences
Gerber Products Company
[makers of Gerber Baby Food]


In an article presented in the Winter '98 issue of Pediatric Basics, Dr. Hether makes some startling revelations; The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommend infants avoid fluoridated water!


The following is part of Dr. Heather's report is reprinted from PediatricBasics.

Fluoride and Dental Public Health

"In 1993 the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Research Council (NRC) reported that, in the absence of fluoride intake from other sources, fluoridation of municipal drinking water supplies at the recommended concentrations may result in mild to very mild dental fluorosis in about 10% of the population."

This means that in a city with a population of 100,000, 1 out of 10 or 10,000 people will experience damaged teeth due to fluoridation of the water supply. Will it be your neighbor, your brother, your wife or husband, your mother, your father or your children. For your baby, remember you have to buy unfluoridated bottled water, not only to drink with . . . but also cook with!


"The incidence of fluorosis has increased [more people are getting mottled teeth] in the U.S. over the last twenty years. This increased incidence, coupled with the widespread potential for multiple sources of fluoride in the diet, has prompted the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics to revise their recommendations for fluoride supplementation. Infants less than six months of age do not need fluoride supplementation of their diets."