The occurrence of childhood cavities and tooth decay can be prevented through proper diet, good dental hygiene, and regular pediatric dental visits. Proper cleaning, including tooth brushing and flossing, is important to remove acids and sugars from the surface of teeth, which can lead to tooth decay. For additional questions, talk to our friendly pediatric dentists and hygienists at Burg Children’s Dentistry.
Can my child’s diet affect their oral health?
Absolutely. A proper diet is important for your child so that their teeth develop appropriately. A diet high in sugary foods and other carbohydrates increases the probability of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
What is an appropriate diet for my child to ensure oral health?
To maintain oral health, it is critical that your child has a naturally balanced diet. In order to ensure that your child is receiving all of the necessary vitamins and minerals, a daily diet should include all of the major food groups. Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, breads, cereals as well as milk and other dairy products are all excellent sources of the nutrients that your child needs each day.
How do I create a diet that is safe for my child’s teeth and gums?
As previously stated, initiate a nutritious and balanced diet. Consider the amount and frequency of your child’s sugar and starch-based foods intake. Starch-based foods include items such as breads, pasta, and potato chips. Keep in mind that sugar is found in more than just candy and soda. All types of sugars can promote tooth decay. Be aware of the sugars that are found in most milk-based products.
Is it necessary to eliminate all sugar and starch from my child’s diet?
No, of course not. Many foods containing sugar, such as many milk-based products, are incredibly important to your child’s health. Starch-based foods are much safer for teeth when they are eaten in the context of a meal.
What are some tips regarding infant and early childhood tooth decay?
Never put your child to sleep with a bottle of milk, juice, or formula. The liquid from these drinks remains in the child’s mouth and supports the bacteria which produce acids that harm the teeth. Instead, put your child to bed with a pacifier or bottle of water.
How can I be sure that my child is getting the correct amount of fluoride in their diet?
Fluoride supplements are necessary for children who do not reside in a community that has fluoridated water. We, at Burg Children’s Dentistry, can determine the amount of fluoride supplement necessary in your child’s diet based upon their age, weight, current water fluoride levels, and toothpaste brand.