Health Warnings from a Local Children's Dentist

March 30, 2016
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Children's DentistAs 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.