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Survey: parents unknowingly harming child's dental health
Updated: 1/28/2009 3:00:29 PM
 

Survey: parents unknowingly harming child A new survey has found some parents and caregivers are unaware that certain actions may be detrimental to a child's dental health.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) commissioned the survey and found 96 percent of adults with children under the age of 12 thought eating a cracker was better than eating a piece of caramel.

While the popular sticky candy may not be "figure-friendly," it dissolves more quickly in the mouth, which makes it "teeth-friendly" when compared to crackers. The survey also found most adults were not aware that sharing utensils can assist in the development of tooth decay in children.

"Cavities and other dental health issues affect not only your child's ability to speak and maintain a healthy self-image, but they can contribute to systemic health issues later in life, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease," AAPD president Dr Beverly Largent said.

The AAPD reminds parents to incorporate pretzels into a meal instead of handing it out as a snack since more saliva helps wash away the starches that could potentially be stuck in a child's mouth. Also, the organization recommends looking for bottled water that has been fortified with fluoride, which can help prevent tooth decay.

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