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Protecting All Children's Teeth (PACT): A Pediatric Oral Health Training Program
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Feeding and Nutrition Practices
Nutrition: Infants and Children
Never dip pacifiers in sweeteners like honey, corn syrup, or sugar.
Encourage planning of 3 meals with 2 snacks.
Limit the consumption of foods high in sugar and eat them only at mealtimes.
Avoid foods that stick to the surface of the teeth and are difficult to remove.
Encourage families to choose fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grain snacks.
Minimize juice consumption and allow juice drinking only from a cup
(not a bottle or sippy cup).
Fast Facts
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no juice for children younger than 1 year of age and limiting juice consumption in older children.
A diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is best in the prevention of Early Childhood Caries.
Frequent snacking and drinking throughout the day increases a child's risk of caries.
Families should be encouraged to avoid sticky foods such as dried fruits, fruit roll-ups, and candies.
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