The first advice we give out at Dr. David Suttie Dentistry For Children to anyone seeking healthier teeth for their little ones is to brush twice a day, floss once daily and get professional teeth-cleaning frequently. The second advice we give out is to cautiously watch the food choices you make for your children. Foods high in sugar and foods tough to chew in particular can be hurtful to your oral health. Here are some foods you should keep an eye out for:
Soft breads. Soft breads are especially spongy, and when they get lodged between your chompers, the resultant debris can contribute to the onset of tooth erosion and periodontal disease. What’s more, soft breads are especially high in sugar, which turns to tooth-erosive acids when left in your mouth for too long.
Sports drinks. Electrolytes! Colored sweat! While these things might create good (and even motivational) commercials, sports drinks are actually not good for your dental health. Like sodas, sports drinks contain large amounts of sugars, which contribute to the buildup of plaque on your pearly whites. Leave sports drinks for athletic performances and opt for water elsewise.
Sticky foods. Sticky foods such as dried fruits and certain candies stick to your teeth and are tricky to eradicate even with teeth-brushing. As most tooth erosion and periodontal disease is a result of bacteria feeding on debris stuck in your mouth, foods lodged to your teeth can be a major problem. Next time you want to have a sticky snack, make sure to flush your oral cavity out afterward.
These tips are just the beginning. Dr. David Suttie and the team at Dr. David Suttie Dentistry For Children in Napa, California, would love to help you learn additional about foods great and bad for your chompers. Give us a call at 707-257-6453 now to pencil in your next checkup.