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Parents advised about children's dental care
Updated: 11/13/2008 8:01:49 PM

Parents advised about children Even if a child is under a year old, their mouth and teeth still require dental care to avoid further problems later on.

During this early childhood period, some parents may notice some discoloration on their child's baby teeth.

According to Dr Alan Carr of the Mayo Clinic, discolored teeth may arise due to a number of factors. For example, inadequate dental care could lead to bacteria forming on teeth.

Also, there are some medications - such as supplemental vitamins given to babies - that may result in staining, he explained.

In addition to dental hygiene and medications, unusual coloration of teeth can arise from the excessive consumption of fluoride (white spots), injury to teeth (pink or gray tint), jaundice (yellowish tint), or a genetic problem with the formation of enamel, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The American Dental Association recommends that parents should make sure children under 2 are not using fluoride toothpaste, to avoid discoloration.

In addition, the ADA warns against putting children to bed with a bottle containing milk or juice. This habit could promote tooth decay.

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