Urgent Health Alert for Pregnant Women Regarding Fluoride

 

A recent study published by JAMA found a potential link between fluoride in the water 

and lower IQ in babies. After multiple scrutinies, the study was published by the respectable journal JAMA and therefore we are going to recommend that all pregnant and lactating women:

 

  • Do not use prescription fluoride toothpaste or fluoride containing mouthwash
  • Do not drink tea (because black tea is shown to absorb high levels of fluoride from the soil) 
  • Do drink bottled water instead of tap water if the community water is fluoridated

To compensate for the lack of fluoride and prevent caries for the mother, we recommend the following:

  • Floss very thoroughly once a day before bed time and after that brush with a non-fluoride toothpaste
  • Brush thoroughly with a non-fluoride toothpaste after breakfast and lunch 
  • Try to satisfy night time cravings with non-carbohydrate food such as nuts, cucumbers and celery
  • Try to have non-carbohydrate containing food such as nuts, easily washable fruits such as apples and avoid sticky snacks such as raisin, chocolate and bananas
  • If you wish to have carbohydrate snacks and deserts, please do so immediately after meals

Remember to have regular checkups and at least one regular dental cleaning during the second trimester if it is not a high risk pregnancy and if it is authorized by your OBGYN.

You can refer to the below article for details. 

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/article-abstract/2748626