Dr. Paul Casamassimo Interviewed by NPR About Food Pouches

April Fulton with NPR’s food blog, The Salt, interviewed Dr. Paul Casamassimo about the squeezable food pouches and the potential problems on children’s teeth. The colorful pouches have only been on the market for five years and are popular for parents and caregivers who are on-the-go. According to the blog, there might be a couple of downsides for developing teeth and mouths, but they may not be any worse in some ways than what lots of toddlers already do: suck on sippy cups full of milk or juice all day.  

"The constant exposure of sugar on their teeth is detrimental," says Paul Casamassimo, the oral health research and policy center director at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry." My concern would be if the child walks around with this little pouch, then they might be doing the same thing," he says.

Casamassimo suggests to brush kids’ teeth twice a day and make them rinse with water after eating the pouch foods or drinking juice. 

To continue reading the article, visit http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/01/30/170667837/oh-baby-squeezable-snacks-might-be-tough-on-the-teeth


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