Further long-term follow-up of VLBW babies and dental abnormalities needs to continue. There are conflicting results in outcomes in the literature. Very few of the studies performed are from the United States. Most studies were completed some years ago. This makes generalizing results to today's population of preterm infants more tentative. Information regarding the impact of improved survival and current nutritional and feeding practices of the preterm infant and dental health is important to all who provide initial and ongoing care to this population.
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