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ADA Fights High Cavity Rate in Children with Fluoride Toothpaste

Papers in February JADA issue note benefits of using fluoride toothpaste on baby’s first tooth.
 
The American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) is updating its guidance to caregivers and recommending that they brush their children’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth comes in. This new guidance expands the use of fluoride toothpaste for young children to fight cavaties.

"For half a century, the ADA has recommended that patients use fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities, and now a review of scientific research shows that this holds true for all ages," said Dr. Edmond L. Truelove,  chair of the ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs. "Approximately 25 percent of children have or had cavities before entering kindergarten, so it’s important to provide guidance to caregivers on the appropriate use of fluoride toothpaste to help prevent their children from developing cavities."

To read the complete press release, click here.
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