• Lack of guidance may delay a child’s first trip to the dentist

    Without a doctor or dentist’s guidance, some parents don’t follow recommendations for early dental care for their children, a new poll has found.

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  • Blocking yeast may prevent childhood tooth decay

    Though most tooth decay can be blamed on bacteria, the fungus Candida albicans may be a joint culprit in a common form of severe tooth decay affecting toddlers known as early-childhood caries.

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  • Don’t give kids under one fruit juice

    Parents should avoid offering fruit juice to infants under one, unless advised by a doctor, as it provides “no nutritional benefit” and may harm their oral and general health.

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  • Fruit juices and smoothies have ‘unacceptably high’ sugar content

    The next time you offer your children a healthy smoothie instead of a fizzy drink, you may want to remember that it could contain half of a child’s recommended daily sugar intake. Research published in the online journal BMJ Open describes the sugar content of fruit drinks, juices and smoothies as “unacceptably high”.

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