Even though fluoride is necessary to prevent tooth decay, Dr. David Musarra from Hoboken, NJ suggests too much fluoride given to infants and children can amount to Fluorosis. Fluorosis is a harmless dental condition which is characterized by brown, mottled or discolored enamel. Most breast milk and ready-to-feed formulas contain infant-safe levels of fluoride, however, formulas that require water can increase this level since community or well sources usually contain the highest amount of fluoride proven to be beneficial in preventing tooth decay.
When using formula that requires water, Dr. David Musarra recommends using bottled water that is low in fluoride or fluoride free or filtrated tap water. If fluorosis is corrected in primary teeth, fluorosis will not likely be a problem when permanent teeth surface.
If you notice brown spots on your children’s teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. David Musarra to check for fluorosis by calling (201) 795-2111 or visit our website.
Dr. David Musarra also proudly serves Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark, and surrounding areas.