Posts for: March, 2016
As a children's dentist, our priority is the health of your children – both now and in the future. We want your children to maintain both strong and healthy teeth as they age. While, naturally, this involves regular trips to our dental office, it also involves taking steps for preventative care at home. When you come into our office, we will show you how to properly brush and floss your child's teeth, discuss foods that they should eat and also discuss things that they should avoid. It is in that spirit that we issue this health warning –
Avoid Soda – It is Terrible for Your Children's Teeth
There is no food or drink more dangerous for your child's teeth than soda. It should be avoided at all costs because it is full of sugar but also incredibly acidic. When you look at various drinks, you need to compare their pH levels. Water is neutral which means that it is entirely healthy for their teeth. Milk is also a good option. Soda, on the other hand, is closer to battery acid than water when it comes to pH levels. It is so acidic, that soda can unclog your drain. Now imagine what it is doing to your children's teeth. As they drink soda, the acid content is literally attacking their teeth and causing their enamel to erode. This can lead to tooth sensitivity and make their teeth more susceptible to decay and breakage. If there is one thing you restrict in your child's diet, it should be all types of soda. There is a myth that clear sodas are okay where darker sodas are not. This is a myth. Both are bad for the teeth and should be avoided. The same is true for diet soda. It is only slightly better for the teeth than traditional soda. Switch to water and your child's teeth will thank you.
Stay Away from Sour Candy
As a children's dentist, many of our warnings comes down to the acid levels in what patients eat or drink Sour candy is at the top of our “do not eat” list because it is full of sugar and also acidic. Just like the acid in soda can attack your child's teeth, the acid in candy can as well. When combined with sugar that naturally leads to increased plaque, this can be a deadly combination for your child's teeth and lead to numerous cavities.
When you visit our children's dentist office, we can provide you with a list of foods and drinks that should be avoided. However, when grocery shopping, the one thing you can remember is to review food and drink in the light of how acidic it is. Anything high in acid content should be avoided, especially when combined with sugar. Instead, buy your children things like apples, nuts, single servings of cheese, and cut vegetables. These are snacks that will fill them up, provide sustained energy and essential nutrients – all while being good for their oral health.
When you are looking for the best pediatric dentist for your children, give us a call. We are focused on preventative care and keeping your children healthy today and as they grow up. This requires looking ahead to the future and anticipating the ways that their teeth could become infected or damaged. Playing sports is at the top of that list. Sports injuries are incredibly common, even in elementary-aged children. Simply playing a casual game of basketball or signing up for little league can cause your child to crack, chip or even lose a tooth. As a dentist, and as parents, we can work together to keep your child safe and reduce the likelihood of them suffering a dental injury while having fun.
Step One: Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy
To prevent a mouth injury, you need to first ensure that your child has healthy teeth and gums. Consider this: if you were to walk on a solid sheet of ice, you could have fun skating, playing hockey, etc. However, if that ice had cracks in it, any pressure could cause it to break and you to fall through. The teeth function in a similar way. When they are solid and healthy, they are less likely to break when something comes in contact with them. However, if a tooth is already suffering from decay or an infection, that tooth is susceptible to further damage. To avoid this, brush and floss your child’s teeth twice a day and bring them to our office for a bi-annual teeth cleaning. We can remove the plaque and tartar that has built up over time in order to prevent decay and infections. Simultaneously, we can provide them with a fluoride treatment to further strengthen their teeth. By removing decay as it develops, we are further protecting them. These activities combined with healthy eating and drinking can help to keep your child in good oral health so that they are less likely to suffer from an accident.
Step Two: Buy a Mouth Guard
If your child is playing sports, it is wise for them to wear a mouth guard both during practice and when playing games. This is a simple plastic guard that can be easily put in place as they head out on the field. They can even keep it in their backpack and wear it during PE. If your child is wearing braces, this can be necessary to prevent accidental damage to the insides of their cheeks. As the best pediatric dentist in town, we highly recommend it.
There are several types of mouth guards. You can buy one in the store that is one-size-fits-all. While it will help, there is a clear risk of it slipping out of place or being uncomfortable to wear. Another type is one that you boil and then bite into so that your child’s teeth are serving as the template. This will fit better but many kids don’t like the process. The third is having a professional mouth guard created at the dentist. As the best pediatric dentist in town, we can help you with this process and the result will be a mouth guard that fits your child perfectly.
By following these steps, you can prevent your child from suffering a needless sports injury now and in the future.