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Dental hygiene students learn the importance of good nutrition
Updated: 3/31/2008 2:00:20 PM

Students at the University of Southern California's (USC) Dental Hygiene Program are being taught about the importance of passing on good lifestyle habits to their patients.

While some may believe that good tooth care is just about brushing and flossing regularly, the would-be dental hygienists are learning a more holistic approach to dental health, the Los Angeles Downtown News reports.

Diane Melrose, chair of the program, revealed that students working at the Dental Hygiene Clinic liaise with patients to put together a five-day diet diary, which allows them to examine nutritional habits and suggest changes that could be made to improve the health of their teeth.

She told the newspaper that she advises patients to look out for hidden sugars, such as those found in chewing gum, fruit juice, chips and even certain medicines.

It was recently revealed that energy and sports drinks are the worst kind of sodas for eroding tooth enamel, particularly in children and adolescents.

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