7 Foods That Are Damaging Your Child’s Teeth
Did you know that February is Children’s Dental Health Care month? While we're teaching our tots how to brush their teeth, it's also important to watch what goes into their mouth. Though reading labels for sugar intake is key, here's another tip: the stickier the food, the easier time it has clinging onto and in between teeth and settling into gums. While baby teeth will eventually fall out, tooth decay can cause your child to have a hard time chewing or even speaking. The makers of Periclean have alerted us to a list of seven food and drinks that once consumed can lead to tooth decay, a real concern when it comes to your child's baby teeth.
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Squeezable Food Pouches
Eek. My daughters love these! Sure, the fruit part makes it sound healthy, but really, they’re packed with sugar. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry squeezable food pouches may be harmful to growing teeth.
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Fruit Leather or Gummy Candies
I remember eating my fair share of these when I was a kid. Unfortunately, fruit leather or gummy candies are bad for teeth in general. Sticky substances are more likely to get stuck in between teeth for a prolonged period of time, enveloping teeth’s surface with a layer of sugar.
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This one is a no brainer, folks. Soda has an incredible amount of sugar in it (not to mention caffeine). If you must let your child drink it, remember to have him/her rinse her mouth with water afterward.
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Here’s a tip: Instead of brushing your child’s teeth right away after he or she has a sour candy (because let’s face it, that’ll happen), wait 30 minutes so that the acid won’t spread onto more of the teeth’s surfaces.
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Starches are hard to avoid, no question about it. But here’s something to keep in mind: not only are these foods lower on nutritional value than fruits and vegetables, the starch found in these foods actually converts almost immediately to sugar.
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Did you know that ketchup is made with a surprisingly high amount of sugar? Maintaining a healthy balance of natural, whole foods is very important to your child’s overall dental health. Calcium, a natural part of tooth enamel, vitamins and minerals are required to build strong teeth in your child.
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Juices and Milk
I always make a point of watering down juice when my daughters ask for it, as it helps regulate the amount of sugar intake. And regarding milk and babies, wipe your baby’s teeth before bedtime to rid of any residual milk. Letting your child sleep with a bottle full of milk in their mouth can lead to “milk bottle mouth” (decay that destroys the baby teeth).
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