The recent advent on the market of fluoride-vitamin combinations, with an impending proliferation of products and preparations for the beguilement of the pediatrician, makes it desirable to get the problem of dental caries and its prevention into proper perspective. The use of dietary fluoride supplements, alone or in combination with unrelated nutrients, is a by-product of the development of broader measures for the prevention of dental caries.
The pediatrician, because of the nature of his training and practice, is concerned with the prevention of disease states affecting any organ system during childhood. Dental caries, the most common chronic and progressive condition prevailing throughout childhood and adolescence, should not be excluded from this concern, especially since there are effective means available to eliminate a large segment of the problem through preventive measures and early and regular treatment in the dental office.
Dental caries may become manifest in the deciduous teeth soon