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Study: Dental health of children influenced by diet
Updated: 12/21/2009 6:59:49 PM

Study: Dental health of children influenced by diet A person's dental health is influenced by the decisions he or she makes from the first moments after waking. Health experts have set to work determining which common breakfast foods contribute to the generation of plaque and cavities in America's children.

A recent study of children between the ages of 7 and 11, which was published in the journal Pediatric Dentistry, sought to determine which of four common breakfast meals - raisins, bran flakes, commercially marketed raisin bran cereal and a mix of bran flakes with raisins without added sugar - most promoted the acid that is associated with dental plaque.

Over 30 minutes, each of the foods tested were found to have promoted acid production in dental plaque, though not to the same level.

According to Dr Christine Wu, director of cariology research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, commercially marketed raisin bran was the only food group tested that led to dental plaque acidity that entered a "well-documented danger zone," putting a tooth's enamel at risk for mineral loss and tooth decay.

Wu further explained that acids that promote decay are produced when bacteria on teeth ferment sugars like glucose and fructose.

The American Dental Association recommends regular visits to the dentist for cleanings in order to prevent tooth decay.

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