The fact that sugar is bad for your children’s teeth is commonly known, but many parents don’t know why. You don’t have to study anatomy to have a basic understanding of what’s going on inside your kids’ mouths.
Mouths are home to hundreds of bacteria, many of which are actually beneficial. The harmful oral bacteria feed off of sugar and create acids which then destroy tooth enamel. Cavities are actually a bacterial infection caused by acids that eat holes in kids’ teeth. If left untreated, these cavities can travel past the enamel into deeper layers of a tooth and cause lots of pain as well as potential tooth loss.
Too much sugar can cause tooth decay in addition to other health problems including increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes, cold-like symptoms, croup, acid reflex, and weakened immunity. You might be surprised to learn that 16% of the average child’s daily calories come from added sugar.
Lowering the amount of sugar your little ones consume is beneficial in more ways than one. Try to avoid or substitute foods and drinks high in sugar content including soda, ice cream, cake, cookies, juice, and candy. Encourage your children to eat more fruits and vegetables, cheese, and dairy products including yoghurt, which stimulate saliva flow to keep teeth healthy.
When cavities do develop, visit Tribeca Dental Office 4 Kids at Tribeca Dental Studio, located on its own floor which includes:
- Separate check-in area
- Fun play area for kids of all ages
- “Mommy and me” restroom
- And more
Give us a call today to schedule an appointment at 212-561-5303.