Recommendations for Mixing Baby Formula

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The Vermont Department of Health recommends mixing powdered or concentrated baby formula with water that is fluoride-free, or contains very low levels of fluoride, for feeding infants under 12 months of age. Recent studies have discovered the possibility that infants in this age group may be consuming more fluoride than necessary.

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Fluoride plays a key role in reducing tooth decay. However, a slight discoloration of the teeth known as enamel fluorosis may occur when fluoride is consumed above the right amount. Enamel fluorosis is not a disease but it does affect the way teeth look. Most cases of fluorosis result in faint white lines or streaks on tooth surfaces that are usually not noticeable to casual observers.

"I want to assure parents and caregivers that the occasional use of fluoridated water will not harm their baby

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