Calcium phosphate: Nutrition in prevention of early childhood dental caries

Rainy Dawn Warf, Ronald Ross Watson

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Early childhood dental caries is defined by its complex etiology of intersecting causations. Diet in combination with good oral hygiene, is the most prominently alterable component of this etiology. Providing enough calcium phosphate in the diet of the pregnant and nursing mother and eventually in the weaning infant ensures that a prominent component (calcium phosphate deficiency) of the complex diagram that is dental caries can be eliminated, thus reducing susceptibility. This is now being taken a step further in a new model of dentistry that examines the mineral content of saliva, as well as bacteria, counts and uses a combination of bacterial control and mineral availability to re-mineralize early lesions and prevent more extensive decay before it emerges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Subtitle of host publicationThe Columbus Concept
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781588296689
StatePublished - 2008


  • Dental caries
  • Streptococcus mutans
  • calcium
  • calcium phosphate
  • diet
  • early childhood
  • infant
  • nutrition
  • prevention
  • re-mineralization
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Chemistry


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