The list of good foods your child should be eating is long and important. A healthy diet means a healthy child, strong bodies and bones and a sharp mind. Just as bad foods can make your child irritable or sick, there are also foods and drinks that can damage your child's oral health.
Things to Avoid
Anything with sugar in it is really not a good idea for your child's good oral health, but it can be found in places you don't expect it, like juice. It's important to remember that just because a juice has 'healthy' on the label it does not necessarily mean that it's good for your child's teeth.
According to the USDA, sugar should not make up more than 10% of your child's daily intake of calories. That means that children over the age of three should have no more than 12.5 teaspoons of sugar per day. Juice is very high in sugar, which is food for bacteria. Once the bacterium starts growing, it starts attaching itself to the enamel and weakening it. Juice can be an occasional treat, be sure to brush right away after your child is done to remove any remaining sugar from their teeth.
Sports drinks can also be harmful to your child's tooth enamel. While they do have high sugar content, they also have high amounts of acids. The acidic nature of sports drinks can interfere with your child's mouth's ability to regulate a healthy pH balance. This can lead to enamel erosion which leads to cavities and decay.
The most damaging foods your child can eat, aside from candy or sugary snacks, are things like chips, french fries, breads and pastas. These starchy foods made from white flour, turn into simple sugars in the body. And you guessed it, sugar leads to weakened enamel and decay. Give our office a call today and schedule your child's next checkup and cleaning, we look forward to hearing from you!