Tips for Protecting Your Child’s Teeth With Proper Diet


Brushing and flossing teeth are of course vital to the oral health of children. However, it is also important to keep in check the types of foods and drinks our kids are having to give their teeth the best chance. Learn more about the specific types of food that can be beneficial or harmful to baby teeth by reading the article below. Thanks for visiting Saddlerock Pediatric Dentistry of Aurora, CO. Enjoy reading!

It may be surprising to learn that dental problems in primary (baby) teeth can affect the growth of permanent (adult) teeth.  Aside from being painful, tooth abscesses in young children can cause infections throughout the body, and often require general anesthesia to treat.

Fluoride is an important mineral that should be given to all children starting at 6 months of age.  If fluoride is not in the water supply (or if the infant is breastfeeding), then a fluoride supplement may be needed and can be obtained from your dentist or pediatrician.  Most bottled spring water found in stores is not fluoridated, unless stated on the label.  Speak with your dentist or doctor about the right amount of fluoride to include in the diet. It’s important not to get too much or too little.

When oral bacteria feed on sugar, they produce acids which can cause cavities.  How often sugar is eaten and how long it remains on the teeth is more important than how much.  Any carbohydrate can lead to cavities because it provides a food source for the bacteria that cause them.  Carbohydrates that are “sticky” (such as raisins, granola bars, candy, cookies, potato chips) stay on the teeth longer and allow the bacteria more time to grow.  Additionally, sugared beverages and the juices from whole fruit can seep between teeth.  Common snack foods such as pretzels or crackers can be eaten with protein/dairy foods (peanut butter, cheese, eggs, etc.) to lower the cavity-causing effect.  In addition, whole grains are better than refined carbohydrates in terms of sticking to the teeth.

Constantly eating or drinking puts teeth in contact with sugars more often.  Although most children need snacks to get enough calories to grow, three meals and two or three snacks daily are generally enough.

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