, 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. Use these 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.
Canadian Paediatric Society (2014). Feeding your baby in the first year. Caring For Kids. http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/feeding_your_baby_in_the_first_year. Accessed May 2, 2014.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsElizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofJune 14, 2017
Current as of: June 14, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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