Steal Your Kid's Healthiest Habits

Switch up your sipping style.

Your kid probably loves to drink with a straw, and it's a habit that's sure to thrill his dentist too; it helps prevent cavity-causing drinks like milk and juice from coating the teeth. Using a straw positioned toward the back of your mouth can keep your smile healthy too, and it's practically a must if you have sensitive teeth or receding gums -- cold drinks can cause major pain when they hit your teeth.

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Originally published in the September 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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