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Take care of kids' dental health at lunch
Updated: 8/26/2009 5:00:29 PM

Take care of kids The beginning of a new school year is a great time to introduce your kids to new healthy eating practices. Not only will you give them more of a variety at lunch, but eating better might also improve their dental health.

An article appearing on Radio Iowa's website quotes a local dentist, Dr Ed Schooley, who suggests a few small changes that parents can make to give their kids a teeth-friendly lunch. Changing sugar-laden jelly for a brand with no sugar added might make a huge difference, and switching to all-natural peanut butter is better than those containing sugar.

Since the American Heart Association recently released new guidelines concerning Americans' sugar intake, it is not a bad idea at all to substitute healthier foods that will also help diminish the possibility of tooth decay. The report reminds parents that "one 12-ounce can of regular soda contains about 130 calories and eight teaspoons of sugar," written by Dr Rachel Johnson, professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

The American Dental Association advises that kids avoid sugary foods because the film left on their teeth can be a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause tooth decay.

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