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According to several recent studies, today's kids are consuming large amount of sugar-laden beverages, including pop, powdered drinks like Kool-Aid, and fruit juices

According to several recent studies, today's kids are consuming large amount of sugar-laden beverages, including pop, powdered drinks like Kool-Aid, and fruit juices. This is bad news for teeth.

When sugar is consumed, the bacteria in the mouth mix with the sugar to form a mild acid. This acid attacks the hard outer layer (enamel) of the teeth, and contributes to the formation of cavities. While studies suggest that 100-percent fruit juice is somewhat better for teeth than pop or powdered drinks, fruit juices also contain natural sugar.

The major concern is how much sugar goes into the mouth and how long it stays there. Cut down on sugary drinks and foods for your child, and get them to brush and floss daily, especially before bed, when sugar can sit on teeth for hours&the longer it stays, the more damage it can do.

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