Tooth decay, called dental
caries, is caused by bacteria eating away the outer
protective layer (enamel) of a tooth. Help prevent tooth decay in young
children by adopting the following healthy habits:
Normal amounts of fluoride added to public water supplies and bottled water are safe for children and adults. If your child needs extra fluoride, your dentist may recommend a supplement or a gel or varnish that he or she would apply to your child's teeth. Use supplements only as directed. And keep them out of reach of your child. Too much fluoride can be toxic and can stain a child's teeth.
CitationsCommittee on Nutrition, American Academy of Pediatrics (2001, reaffirmed 2006). The use and misuse of fruit juice in pediatrics. Pediatrics, 107(5): 1210-1213. Also available online: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/107/5/1210.full.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineElizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerSteven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
Current as ofJune 7, 2017
Current as of:
June 7, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
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