Archive for September, 2012

Infant Fluoride

If you add fluoridated water to your infant’s baby formula, you may be putting your child at risk. Your child could develop dental fluorosis, a harmless cosmetic condition manifested by brown, mottled, or discolored enamel.  Although fluoride is found naturally in all water and foods, and is necessary to prevent tooth decay, too much could be a bad thing.  Most ready to feed formulas contain infant safe fluoride levels, however parents must be careful with concentrate formulas that require adding water.  Community water often contains fluoride levels higher than needed for your children.  It is recommended parents use bottled water that is fluoride free or low in fluoride to mix with these formulas.  If you notice brown spots on your child’s teeth, have your dentist check for fluorosis.  If you correct a fluorosis problem in your child’s baby teeth, chances are they won’t have the problem with their permanent teeth.

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Musical Instruments

Research has shown that playing a musical instrument can help nourish, cultivate, and increase intelligence in children, but playing a used instrument also can pose a potentially dangerous health risk.  Used woodwind and brass instruments were found to be heavily contaminated with a variety of bacteria and fungi.  This could lead to minor or serious infections or allergic diseases.  These instruments are a breeding ground for bacteria, and considering how much contact they have with your child’s mouth, they can be dangerous.  Studies have also linked the instruments with mold, yeast, and other bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.  It is very important to keep these instruments as clean as possible.  Clean them after every use, and before playing them if they have been sitting for a long time.  Make sure your children know not to share their instruments with other children and to look into special wipes and sprays for their use.


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