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CHICAGO -- With an estimated 54 million students heading back to the nation's elementary and high schools, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) remind parents that what their children eat, and how often they eat, have a dramatic impact on their oral and overall health.
"It is clear that 'junk' foods and drinks gradually have replaced nutritious beverages and foods for many of our children," says Kimberly Harms, D.D.S., American Dental Association consumer advisor. "Dentists have a saying, `Snack and sip all day, risk decay.' Constantly bathing the teeth in sweetened beverages and unhealthy snacks is like …