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Am Fam Physician. 2000 Jan 1;61(1):115-20, 123-4.

Anticipatory guidance in infant oral health: rationale and recommendations.

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University of Alabama School of Dentistry, Birmingham 35294-0007, USA.


If appropriate measures are applied early enough, it may be possible to totally prevent oral disease. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that infants be scheduled for an initial oral evaluation within six months of the eruption of the first primary tooth but by no later than 12 months of age. The rationale for this recommendation is provided, although the recommendation itself is not universally accepted. Specific recommendations include elimination of bottles in bed, early use of soft-bristled toothbrushes (with parental supervision) and limitation of high-carbohydrate food intake after teeth have been brushed.

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