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Is sugar bad for kids' teeth?

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Avoid sugary foods that linger on the teeth. Lollipops, hard candies, cough drops, and mints all contribute to tooth decay because they continuously coat the teeth with sugar.

From: Nutrition and Healthy Teeth WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: "Mouth-Healthy Eating."

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Diet and Snacking."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Nutrition - Children."

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on July 03, 2018

SOURCES:

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: "Mouth-Healthy Eating."

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Diet and Snacking."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Nutrition - Children."

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on July 03, 2018

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