You have taught your child the basics for protecting the teeth from cavities such as brushing and flossing every day. But did you know that some foods and drinks can also affect your child’s oral health? Food has a significant impact on their teeth, for better or for worse.
You probably know that many food items line the aisles of the grocery store that are probably not good for your child’s teeth. However, when they say, “Mom, can I get this please?” it’s easy to cave in. Thus, we are giving you a list of ten foods harmful to your child’s teeth and mouth. After all, we all want our kids to grow healthy and have pearly white smiles!
Here are the ten food and drinks that you should watch out for:
- Sugary foods that stick
Skittles, Butterfinger, airheads, marshmallows, and gummy bears are some examples of foods that stick. These foods maybe your child’s favorite, but these are damaging their teeth too. Aside from that, these contain a significant amount of sugar. It sticks to their teeth, which can damage the enamel and cause cavities even after brushing and flossing.
- Citrus Fruits
Yes, that’s right, citrus fruits such as grapefruit, lemons, and oranges can hurt your child’s teeth. Most parents offer these because it is sweet, juicy, and can be a good source of vitamin C. However, regular consuming fruits, and fruit drinks can be very acidic and can harm teeth without proper aftercare. Eating these can eventually cause the tooth enamel to wear off, leading to dental erosion and tooth sensitivity.
Foods such as bread, rice, pasta, crackers are probably what your kids eat daily. Starchy foods can be converted to sugar, and when these get stuck on their teeth, it can lead to the cavity and potentially damaging their oral health. It’s always a good idea to brush and floss your child’s teeth to avoid plaque build-up.
- Hard Candies
While these hard candies seem harmless, eating too many and constantly exposing your child’s teeth to sugar can be harmful to teeth. If your kids suck on these, the sugar provides perfect nutrition for bacteria in the mouth. More so, if they decide to chew the candies, their teeth might crack and may potentially lead to a dental emergency.
- Dried Fruits
Often concealed as healthy and organic, dried fruit snacks are not as robust as the food industry would like you to believe. These resemble a candy that is made in the laboratory, and these are high in sugar. You probably have noticed that dried fruits such as cranberries and raisins are very chewy. Unfortunately, these will stick and can get between your teeth that will, later on, cause a dental problem.
Ice is for chilling, not chewing. You would be surprised at how many people think that ice is good for your child’s teeth. After all, it’s just made of water. However, chewing on hard substances like ice can leave your child’s teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency and damage the enamel.
- Fruit Juice, Sports Drinks, Energy Drink
Instead of drinking carbonated drinks like soda, most people think that they would opt to choose fruit juice or sports drink instead. Unfortunately, these drinks are as bad as soda pop because they are high in sugar and acid, which later harms the teeth. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a sports drink can help young athletes engage in prolonged, vigorous physical activities but unnecessary in most cases.
- Canned Fruits
Canned and regular fruits are different. Those fruits that are in the can like pineapples and peaches are bathed in soppy syrup. Sugary and sticky foods can cause trouble in the mouth and later on decay teeth. If you choose canned fruits, pick the ones that are in water instead of syrup.
- Popcorn and Corn on the Cob
Lots of kids enjoy popcorn while sitting in an air-conditioned movie theater. But the unpopped kernels and corn on the cob are hard enough to chip a tooth and crunch them down by accident. More so, the popcorn opposes a double threat because the thin shell that covers the kernel can get stuck between teeth and gum, giving bacteria a good source of food and promoting tooth decay.
- Dark Foods
Dark foods such as soy sauce and tomato sauce may seem harmless. But these foods can hurt your child’s enamel and can make your teeth yellow or brown. Additionally, tomato sauce is acidic food and can temporarily make your teeth more porous. If your kids love these, ensure to brush their teeth afterward or swish their mouth with water.
There are healthier options for your kids. So set them up for a lifetime of better eating and drinking habits while they are young.
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