The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that parents should be warned about the risks of putting baby teeth in baby food and toothpaste because the new products contain ingredients that can cause cancer.
According to a report from the AAP, in a review of studies done since the 1970s, it found that “possible long-term health effects of ingesting the oral bacteria from baby toothpaste and baby powder are unknown.”
In other words, there’s not a lot of evidence that babies will get cancer from these products.
The report also says that babies may need a dose of the antibacterial agent sulfadiazine before swallowing, but this is unclear.
The American Journal of Pediatrics also said that babies can develop problems with dental wear and flossing, and the AAP also recommends that parents avoid using the products if they are a baby under six months old.
The AAP also says it does not recommend using any of the toothpaste products for more than 12 hours a day, or the toothbrush and flocculent toothpaste for more then 2 hours a week, or use the toothpastes with sugary liquid to drink or eat.
The AAP also suggests that parents limit use of the product to only the first two to three weeks of life, and not for more extended periods.
The new products that are being sold are:• Toothpaste, toothbrush, and flocculation toothpaste with sodium sulfadazole, sodium fluoride, and sodium nitrite.• Toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.• Baby shampoo with sodium hydroxide and sodium fluoride.• Honeycomb toothpaste, containing sucralose and sodium sulfate.
The products are available in several stores nationwide.
If you live in California, you can purchase these products from any of these locations:• Whole Foods Market, 112801 North Sacramento, Sacramento, CA 95821.• Safeway, 4812 Southlake Blvd, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90045.• Amazon, 811 E. Highland Ave., Suite 200, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.• Home Depot, 3333 South Broadway, Suite 575, San Diego, CA 92122.• Kmart, 2980 East Highland Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95805.• Kohl’s, 2301 West Walnut Street, San Jose, CA 94104.
The California Food and Drug Administration is also recommending that parents not use the products for a period of two weeks after the baby’s first birthday or two months after the birth.
The FDA said it was reviewing the AAP’s report.