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Food and Drinks to Avoid for Children's Teeth
Good brushing and flossing habits are essential for your child to help them maintain healthy teeth. However, brushing and flossing are only a part of the equation. The foods and drinks your child consumes play an important role, and some can greatly increase the risk of developing cavities. At David Crumpton, DDS, we have created a list of the foods and drinks that your child should avoid to help keep their teeth happy and healthy.
Some citrus is good for your oral health. Fruits like oranges and grapefruits contain a healthy dose of vitamin C, which helps to prevent gum disease and strengthens your immune system. However, citrus also contains citric acid, which can be harmful to tooth enamel. This acid can erode your enamel and increase your risk of developing cavities. When you do consume citrus, make sure that you consume it as part of a meal or follow it with a glass of water.
You have probably already heard that caramels and other sticky sweet treats that children tend to love are bad for your teeth. However, it may not be for the reason you think. It is not the sugar that is directly responsible for causing cavities. Bacteria that live naturally in the mouth thrive on sugars. They consume these sugars and then produce harmful acids that then eat away at tooth enamel.
Dried fruits are often touted to be a healthy snack. However, when fresh fruit is dried, it can wreak havoc on your oral health. Drying fruits concentrate their sugars. Additionally, they lack the water content that fresh fruit has. Dried fruits are sticky, and can linger on the surfaces of your teeth, providing a buffet for oral bacteria.
There is a wide variety of starchy foods, including white bread, pasta, potato chips, fries, and more. These foods can become lodged between the teeth quite easily and can remain there if the teeth are not brushed and flossed. While these foods may not taste sweet, they are carbohydrates. When they begin to break down, they are converted into sugars. Oral bacteria find them and begin to feast.
Carbonated beverages, sodas, in particular, are well-known for being bad for both the teeth and your general health. Sodas contain high amounts of sugar. Some contain more sugar than a large candy bar! Again, the sugars in these beverages provide fuel for oral bacteria. However, even diet sodas are not good for the teeth. This is because it is not just the sugars in soda that are bad. Soda is also acidic, and the acids contained inside of these beverages can erode tooth enamel.
Ice itself is not bad for the teeth. After all, it is just frozen water. However, if your child chews on ice, it can present a problem. Ice is exceptionally hard. Chewing on it can lead to tooth damage, such as chipping or fractures.
The foods and drinks your child consumes can have a significant impact on their oral health. By avoiding those that can increase their risk of developing cavities and other oral health issues, you can help your child to protect the health of their teeth. For more information, call David Crumpton, DDS today at 817-678-7395.