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November 1963

Dental Caries and the Pediatrician

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Department of Pediatrics State University of Iowa Iowa City

Am J Dis Child. 1963;106(5):442. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080050443003

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To the Editor: Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary defines editorial as "a newspaper or magazine article that gives the opinions of its editors or publishers." It is therefore likely that some confusion will result from the two recent editorials you have published under the title "Dental Caries and the Pediatrician." The first of these (January, 1963, vol 105, pp 1-4) states: "In the broad context of child health... the pediatrician can make the greatest impact on the problem of dental caries by lending his professional prestige and technical knowledge to the promotion of water fluoridation in his community, when the proper time arises. The benefits and safety of water fluoridation are too well known to require detailed exposition." The second editorial (August, 1963, vol 106, p 123) provides an exactly opposite point of view: "Now that the proper dose of fluorine for dental caries prophylaxis has been determined it is

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