Eating healthy food is good for your child’s teeth and their entire body. Consuming too many foods and drinks that are filled with sugar like candies, soft drinks, cookies, fruit juices, and pastries can lead to an elevated risk of tooth decay and gum disease. To prevent these dental problems, it’s important to encourage your family to eat natural, low-sugar foods. It’s also important to increase their calcium intake by consuming more calcium-rich foods like dairy products, broccoli, and spinach.
Damaging Effects of Sugar
Fructose, which is a sugar found naturally in fruit, is fine when the fruit is eaten in moderation. Sucrose, or table sugar, is the most common food additive in the Western diet and is highly damaging to teeth and the body. An excessive intake of any type of sugar can lead to tooth decay, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and other health issues.
The Benefits of Fluoride
Sugar creates acid in the mouth, which attacks the minerals that make up the enamel layer on teeth and leads to tooth decay. Fluoride replaces the minerals in the enamel that were lost to the acid build up in the mouth, and helps to strengthen the teeth to prevent tooth decay from sugar, plaque, and bacteria acid attacks. Dr. Basir recommends that parents incorporate fluoride toothpastes and mouth washes into their children’s dental health routines as soon as they’re able to understand to spit both out rather than swallow them.