What Sugar Does to Baby Teeth
- May 21st, 2018
- Harmful Habits
Kids would happily eat sugar every meal if they had the chance, but their teeth won’t be smiling when decay and cavities take over. Sugary sweets could land your child in the dentist’s chair for something other than routine care. Many parents don’t understand the detrimental effects that excessive sweets can have on your child’s baby teeth.
The Cause of Cavities
Once your child eats those suckers and chocolate, the bacteria produce acid, which attacks and breaks down your child’s tooth enamel. High levels of sugar can be found in fruit drinks or fruits, and even lurking in everyday foods. According to the American Dental Association, a sweetened beverage can attack one’s teeth for over 20 minutes, causing more decay which leads to cavities. Continuous, prolonged exposure to sugar is also problematic. Drinking pop all day slowly is even worse.
Oral Care: Think Ahead
You may assume that since baby teeth will fall out, that you don’t need to worry about things like candy. Let them eat it for every meal, you say. The lack of implementing better oral care habits at a young age could actually harm to their health in the future. They need to practice healthy eating habits in order to continue good oral care once their permanent teeth are in. Some baby molars don’t fall out until children reach their teenage years, meaning they need to take care of them for years before adult teeth come in so their mouths don’t fill up with tooth decay.
How to Prevent Cavities
1. Brush, floss, use a fluoride toothpaste as soon as teeth appear
- You can’t avoid sugar in today’s diet. Limit the daily exposure to sugar by not allowing your child to drink all day from a bottle or sippy cup.
3. See the dentist no later than one year of age, and then every 6 months for a cleaning and check up.
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