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We all know that sugary snacks are not ideal for a variety of reasons. And honestly, getting children to eat appropriately can be difficult as well. But did you know that snacking, combined with not brushing regularly prior to the age of two makes children twice as likely to develop cavities by age 5? Not caring for baby teeth appropriately can lead to a lifetime of dental struggles, and as hard as it may be to monitor eating habits and brushing, it is well worth it in the end. Read on to learn more, and thanks for visiting us at Saddle Rock Pediatric Dentistry of Aurora, CO. 

Just another sugary snack: Yogurt increases risk of tooth decay in children; experts say snacking in general is bad for dental health

Sugary snacks increase the risk of tooth decay in children, while tooth brushing does not completely help protect their teeth from the effects, according to a study. The study was carried out by a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow who analyzed the relationship of snacking and oral health.

In the study, the research team analyzed 3,832 children aged between two and five years old. They assessed their oral hygiene routines, which included questions on how frequently they brush their teeth, whether they brush before sleeping, and how often they go to the dentist for check-ups. In addition, they examined the participants’ snacking habits.

The research team discovered that children who snack all day but do not eat proper meals are twice more at risk of developing tooth decay. They also found that eating yogurt, in particular, in between meals increases the children’s risk of getting tooth decay. On the other hand, they found that eating fruits reduces the risk of developing it.

Results also showed that those who brush their teeth less than once a day or not at all at two years old are twice more likely to develop tooth decay when they turn five, compared to those who brush their teeth twice a day or more.

Moreover, parents also have a role in the oral hygiene of the children. The study revealed that those children whose parents feel they lack control over what their children eat have more chance of having tooth decay.

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