ISLAMABAD:  While your child may beg for sugary sweets, they're usually a poor choice nutritionally and bad for young teeth.

The American Dental Association suggests: Always check food labels to look for added sugar. Naturally occurring sugars (such as those in fruit and milk) are better choices. Milk and water are the best drink choices for your child's teeth.

Avoid juices and other sugary beverages, including soda. Dried fruit snacks, fruit rollups and other gummy, sticky "fruit" treats are more like candy than fruit, and usually are high in sugar. Watch for carbohydrate-rich snacks (such as chips and pretzels), which often are loaded with salt and become sugar as they break down.