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What drinks should I avoid giving my child to prevent tooth decay?

Your child depends on you for good health. Do not let your child constantly sip on drinks with sugar in them because this promotes tooth decay. These drinks include milk and juice drinks. Offer these drinks only at mealtimes, when the mouth makes more saliva. This helps reduce the risk for tooth decay.

Keep in mind that young children eat more often than adults do. If your child is thirsty between meals, give him water in a cup. Do not give juices or soda in a bottle or a cup to calm a fussy baby.

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