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Protect Your Teeth: 19 Bad Dental Habits to Avoid

Medically reviewed by Kenneth Rotskoff, MD, DDS; Board Certification in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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American Dental Association: “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay”

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