The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed two handouts for parents regarding early care for children’s teeth, Brush Up on Healthy Teeth, (located on the adjacent page) and Pediatric Oral Health Tips.

These fliers were derived from the report, Recommendations for Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control Dental Cariesin the United States, published in the Aug.17, 2001, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The intent of these handouts is to educate parents regarding the importance of cleaning the baby teeth as soon as they erupt and to supervise toothbrushing until the child can master the skill independently, which typically is not until school age.

Parents should be familiar with all the sources of fluoride in the child’s diet, (i.e., city water vs. well water), the CDC advised. Parents also should make sure the child is receiving an appropriate amount of fluoride to...

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