We know that by educating our children at a young age and showing them how to correctly care for their teeth through correct dental hygiene and diet the risks of dental decay diminish. As a family dental practice we pride ourselves on helping young children learn about their teeth and how to care for them.
Did you know that a lot of things that children eat and drink that we think are healthy may not be the best for their teeth? Fruit Juice is full of sugar (either natural or added) and loves to stick onto your children’s teeth all day. Flavoured milk is also high in sugar and of course the more obvious soft drinks. We recommend limiting the amount of sugary drinks to a minimum and as a good practise getting your child to have a drink of water after having something sugary.
Some foods are obviously bad for your teeth such a chocolate and lollies, but there are some foods that you would be surprised about- raisins and sultanas love to stick in the fissures of your child’s teeth until they are brushed out. Highly acidic fruits can also cause problems later in life.
Snacking is a hard thing to keep away from especially with children but the more snacks they have the more at risk they are from decay. Try and limit too much snacking between meals and always finish with a drink of water to wash away foods that like to hide and stick.