As a parent, do you ever secretly find yourself envious of your children’s high metabolisms, and the fact they could eat junk food all day and not put on a pound? If so, you might sometimes be tempted to let them fill up on sugary, salty processed foods, now, while they can, without having to worry about their weight. Unfortunately, bad dietary habits can be hard to shake later in life, and that’s not the only problem with allowing kids to fill up on empty calories. Too much junk food can be detrimental to one’s oral health, as well. So, if you care about raising healthy kids their waistlines aren’t the only thing you should be watching. It’s also important to provide them with nutrient-rich foods their whole bodies need to function properly, and which also happen to be great for their smiles!
What Are the Worst Culprits for Dental Health?
When it comes to the smile, too much sugar is one of the leading causes of cavities. That’s because the bacteria in the mouth can feed upon sugar and other simple starches, allowing them to create acidity which can eventually wear away the tooth enamel. When this happens, teeth become vulnerable to cavities, but the gums are at risk of developing gum disease as well. This is precisely why children’s dentists regularly urge their patients of all ages to cut back on sugar.
Though obvious sweets, like brownies, cakes and cookies are what most people think of when they hear the word “sugar,” many packaged goods use sugar to increase flavor and especially to appeal to children, so be careful about what you’re buying. Check the label of any foods and drinks before adding them to your shopping cart. If sugar in any form (honey, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, molasses) is listed as a main ingredient, it’s best to find a healthier alternative.
It’s also important to keep in mind that even when your children have only baby teeth present, you don’t want them to begin struggling with poor gum health or to suffer from the discomfort of a cavity. So make sure they begin eating healthy foods from a young age.
Don’t Forget Regular Dental Cleanings
Taking care of your family’s smiles requires regular dental checkups and cleanings. To schedule an examination call Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.