Flu­o­ride warn­ing on kids’ teeth

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

YOUNG chil­dren are turn­ing up to den­tists with what’s been branded “pop­corn teeth” be­cause they are only drink­ing wa­ter and us­ing tooth­paste with­out flu­o­ride.

Par­ents se­duced by ex­treme ad­vice about the al­leged detri­men­tal ef­fects of flu­o­ride are in­stead opt­ing to give their chil­dren fil­tered and bot­tled wa­ter and it’s dam­ag­ing their baby teeth.

“Pop­corn teeth refers to yel­low and de­cayed teeth in chil­dren and is a re­sult of a lack of flu­o­ride con­sump­tion,” Syd­ney den­tist Dr Seth Yoo said.

Spe­cial­ist pae­di­atric den­tist Dr Philippa Sawyer agrees there is a new re­luc­tancy by par­ents to give chil­dren tap wa­ter, which con­tains flu­o­ride.

Con­tro­ver­sial celebrity chef and pa­leo diet cru­sader Pete Evans has been a vo­cal critic and has lob­bied state govern­ments to have flu­o­ride taken out of tap wa­ter.

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