Many children consume far too much sugar. This is reflected in the high rates of tooth decay seen in dental offices across the country, including Pediatric Dental Center. In this post we’ll remind you what sugar does to teeth, and what you can do about it.
First, though, it’s important to realize how much hidden sugar there is in foods. Some of it’s obvious, of course: namely sweets, like soda, candy, and cookies.
Less-obvious are things we tend to think of as healthy snacks, such as fruit snacks (roll-ups, fruit leather), yogurt, juice drinks, toaster pastries, and even trail mix. That’s why it is so important to always read the labels of food products,
Cavities form when acids in the mouth attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The acid is produced by bacteria in plaque, that sticky film that forms on the surfaces of teeth. When sugar is introduced it interacts with the bacteria in the plaque, and makes the acids, which attack the teeth and cause cavities.
It isn’t easy to keep kids away from sweet stuff, so compromise is a good strategy. Limit what they get, and offer fresh fruit over processed snack foods. That’s usually easier said than done, so make sure they brush their teeth twice a day too. Remember to model the behavior you want them to adopt!
At Pediatric Dental Center we want all our young patients to enjoy good dental health. Find our why so many parents trust our pediatric dentistry. Our specialties include preventative care. Schedule an appointment for your child today!
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