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09/09/10

Foods that Cause Tooth Decay

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Chocolates, cupcakes, gummy bears! Come on, which kid doesn’t love a little (or a lot) of these sugary sweets?  Yes, you know too much is bad for their health and their teeth! But did you also know that some healthier foods cause tooth decay as well? Or that breads and pasta can be as hard on their teeth as candy?

Your best bet at avoiding cavities and high dental costs is to be aware of the foods that can cause harm to your children’s teeth.  And of course, teach them to brush everyday!

Unsuspecting foods that cause decay:

 

  • Chips, bread, pasta, crackers: these foods are packed with refined carbohydrates, and bacteria likes to feed on the leftovers in your mouth which produces acid and causes decay.
  • Raisins, granola bars, honey and syrup: these sticky, sugary foods make it hard for saliva to dissolve the leftovers stuck on your teeth, and so the food sticks longer and causes erosion.
  • Fruit and vegetable juices: both are high in sugar.  And, citric acids found in lemons, limes, and grapefruits can destroy tooth enamel.
  • Sports drinks: these drinks can have high pH (potential of hydrogen) levels which cause dental erosion.
  • Yogurt: this yummy food item contains lactic acid which can cause dental erosion.

 

Teach ‘em to brush everyday while they’re young!

It seems there is always some dentist advising us to “brush after every meal”.  But, do we do it?  Hardly.  This is because finding the time to pull out a tooth brush at work or even home three times a day is not realistic!  Half the time there is too much going on and we don’t even remember! And, the excuses go on and on.

However, brushing after every meal can be a life (and money) saver in the long run.  Think of all the money you’d avoid wasting on unnecessary cavities for you and your kids.  As you age, you’d also save on expensive (and very painful) dental procedures, such as root canals.  And, you wouldn’t have to deal with gum disease which is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults.   It kind of seems like a no-brainer when you look at the big picture.

All we need is a little discipline!

But, if it’s too late for you to break old habits, it doesn’t mean we can’t teach our children healthier ones.  Reminding them to brush after every meal, and helping them to do so will keep their adorable smiles healthy now and in the future, as brushing will become second nature when they get older.

If you are in Utah, and in need of a pediatric dentist Burg Children’s Dentistry is here for you.  We’re not your ordinary children’s dentist.  At Burg Children’s Dentistry, we think that kids are super. Our caring staff is dedicated to helping your little hero or super girl maintain complete oral health, while our atmosphere helps make the dentist office a fun destination.

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