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The weaning diet and dental health.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8917959     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Weaning practice can have a major influence on both immediate and future dental health and good dietary practices from birth have the potential to secure a healthy dentition for life. In a recently published report it is recommended that infants (an infant may be defined as a child who has not yet reached the age of one year) be weaned on foods and drinks free as far as possible of non-milk extrinsic (NME) sugars. At the same time, there has also been an increasing development of low-sugar and sugar-free products for infants. There has also been growing concern that infant drinks with low pH may cause enamel erosion in primary teeth, a phenomenon that is perhaps more widespread than has been recognised in the past. The aim of the weaning diet is to achieve a diet which fulfills nutritional requirements for the growing child and which contains a wide variety of foods and drinks. It is suggested that items high in NME sugars are not a necessary part of the diet, should be regarded as 'occasional', and not given every day. Drinks other than milk or water should constitute a minority of total drinks and be given only at main mealtimes; they should not be given in bottles or at bedtime.
R D Holt; P J Moynihan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British dental journal     Volume:  181     ISSN:  0007-0610     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Dent J     Publication Date:  1996 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-12-06     Completed Date:  1996-12-06     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513219     Medline TA:  Br Dent J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  254-9     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Eastman Dental Institute for Oral and Healthcare Sciences, London.
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MeSH Terms
Beverages / adverse effects
Cariostatic Agents / administration & dosage
Dental Caries / etiology,  prevention & control*
Diet, Cariogenic
Dietary Sucrose / administration & dosage,  adverse effects
Fluorides / administration & dosage
Infant Food*
Tooth Erosion / etiology,  prevention & control*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cariostatic Agents; 0/Dietary Sucrose; 0/Fluorides; 0/Vehicles; 57-50-1/Sucrose

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