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Numerous Food Products Contribute To Childhood Tooth Decay In Australia

June 21, 2010: 10:15 PM EST
It’s not surprising that tooth decay among Australian school-age kids is on the rise, according to CHOICE, which tested 50 popular foods and drinks. Tests found some surprisingly high-risk (i.e., lots of sugar and high acidity) culprits to blame in addition to the usual suspects, sugary snacks and drinks. The high-risk category included muesli bars and processed fruit snacks, along with beverages like soft drinks, fruit cordials and fruit drinks, many of which are touted as healthy choice for children. Every confectionary item tested fell into the high-risk category. A problem with muesli bars is their stickiness, which keeps sugar and acid on the teeth longer. Other high-risk products include Coca-Cola, Pepsi, V Energy drink, and fruit juices, which can cause dental erosion because of their acidity.
David Oakenf, "Dental decay", CHOICE website, June 21, 2010, © CHOICE
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