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ADA: Baby teeth can be brushed with fluoride

Prevention is key

ADA: Baby teeth can be brushed with fluoride

Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as the teeth erupt, according to new guidelines by the American Dental Association. That advice overturns the ADA's decades-old recommendation to start using a pea-size amount at 24 months. Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then the amount should be increased to a pea-size dollop, the updated guidelines say.

Resting comfortably

Mondale has heart surgery in Minn.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale underwent heart surgery Wednesday, his family announced. Mondale, 86, underwent an unspecified procedure at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, his family said in a brief statement that called the surgery "successful."

Royal discovery

Scientists drawn to genetic code

About a year and a half after finding King Richard III's corpse under a parking lot in Leicester, British scientists will grind up some of his bones to try to sequence his genetic code. They hope to discover his hair and eye color and see what kind of infectious bacteria he might have been hosting. They have already confirmed that the king was indeed a hunchback, that he was infected with roundworm and that he died from the blow of a sharp instrument, like a sword or halberd, to the head.

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ADA: Baby teeth can be brushed with fluoride 02/12/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 10:40pm]
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