Keeping Kid's Teeth Healthy

9 years 1 month 6 days ago October 30, 2007 Oct 30, 2007 Tuesday, October 30 2007 Tuesday, October 30, 2007 5:49:47 PM CDT in News

Dr. George Koumaras is a dentist. He said candy allows sugar to have constant contact with your teeth that over time can cause more damage than other types.

"We have these tootsie roll type candies that are the very sticky kind that will stay between the teeth for a very long time unless you have brushed it away. Candies that are the sticky gummy type candies and those that take a long time to chew or eat are the worst candies you can eat," Koumaras said. "The better candies to eat are those types of candies that you chew they dissolve you swallow it so the contact with the teeth is much more limited than with these gummy type candies."

Examples include small chocolates and candies that take less time to eat, which means your teeth are not covered in sugar as long.

The reason you want to pick the stuff that doesn't hang around as long is because the bacteria in your teeth gets energy from sugar when you pick the chewy kind the gummy kind that give bacteria energy you are more inclined to get cavities.

Therefore, it is important to limit the amount of candy children eat and make sure they brush their teeth.

Doctors said the best thing to do is compromise with your kids. Giving them four or five small pieces of candy every other day keeps them happy and their teeth healthy.

Michigan Study Shows Talking About Grades Helps Improve Them

While children are enjoying candy, you can also help them improve their test scores.

A study from the University of Michigan show students who want to boost their grades should talk about it.

Scientists said just ten minutes a day of talking about social issues will boost your child's memory and mental processing speed.

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