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Health Tip: Fluoride Recommended For Young Children

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Everyone, even young children, should brush twice daily with a flouride toothpaste, the American Dental Association recommends. Here are the ADA's guidelines: Caregivers should brush children's teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste as soon as teeth begin to appear. A small smear of toothpaste, no more than the size of a small grain of rice, should be used. Children aged 3 to 6 should ...

U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Water Each Day

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Many American children and teens aren't consuming enough liquids – especially water – and that lack of hydration could affect their physical and mental health, a new study suggests. The findings "highlight a potential health issue that has not been given a whole lot of attention in the past," study author Erica Kenney, a postdoctoral research fellow in social and ...

Health Tip: Avoiding Leg Cramps

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Painful leg cramps can happen to anyone, but tend to be common among seniors. The AARP recommends: Gently stretch and flex the leg to ease a cramp. Ask your doctor if a medication, such as a statin or diuretic, could be causing your leg cramps. Make sure your electrolyte levels are normal. Below-normal levels of potassium, magnesium or calcium could trigger leg cramps. Drink plenty of fluids. ...

U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water

Posted 27 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 – The U.S. government has decreased its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in a half-century, to prevent staining of tooth enamel caused by overexposure to fluoride. The optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay should be 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ...

Doctors Should Give Toddlers Fluoride Treatments: U.S. Task Force

Posted 6 May 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 – Primary care doctors should start playing a more prominent role in dental care for children, according to new recommendations from the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Specifically, the task force suggested Monday that primary care physicians prescribe oral fluoride supplementation, such as drops, tablets or lozenges, for children 6 months and older whose ...

Dentists' Group Expands Recommended Use of Fluoride Toothpaste for Kids

Posted 11 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 – Children should begin using toothpaste with fluoride as soon as they get their first tooth, according to updated American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines. To help prevent cavities, parents should use a smear (an amount about the size of a grain of rice) of fluoride toothpaste for children younger than 3 years old and a pea-sized dab for those aged 3 to 6, the ...

Fluoride Treatments May Help Fight Cavities

Posted 1 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 1 – Applying prescription-strength fluoride directly to the teeth can benefit patients at increased risk for cavities, a new expert panel concludes. This fluoride can be applied by patients at home or by a dentist in the office, said the new evidence-based clinical recommendations from the American Dental Association. "Topical fluoride therapy is the use of fluorides in tooth ...

U.S. Officials Recommend Reduced Fluoride Levels in Water

Posted 8 Jan 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 7 – U.S. government officials said Friday that the amount of fluoride in the nation's drinking water should now be set at the lowest recommended level. Although fluoride is a significant help in preventing cavities and tooth decay, too much of it can cause unattractive spotting on children's teeth. About two out of five teens have white spots and streaks on their teeth due to too ...

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