Toddler’s Snacks Predict Later Cavities

Toddler's Snacks Predict Later Cavities

Toddlers who drank lots of juice or who ate candy more than once a week were nearly twice as likely as their peers to have a mouthful of cavities by kindergarten, according to a 2001 study published in Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.

Interestingly, toddler tooth brushing habits were no different in the group that had cavities than in the group that was cavity-free. Tooth brushing remains an important habit to teach kids, but in the early years they are not very effective at keeping their teeth clean.

Avoiding prolonged contact with sugary drinks or treats is a central part of growing healthy teeth.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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