Healthy Kids Start With Healthy Oral Habits

A new study revealed that obese children who reduce their sugar intake could see significant health improvements in as little as ten days.

The study found that reducing the children’s sugar intake and replacing it with carbohydrates showed little weight loss but significant health increases, according to The New York Times.

“This paper says we can turn a child’s metabolic health around in ten days without changing calories and without changing weight — just by taking the added sugars out of their diet,” Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Benioff Children’s Hospital of the University of California, San Francisco said. “From a clinical standpoint, from a health care standpoint, that’s very important.”

The study’s findings also suggest that a child’s daily sugar intake should be lowered to approximately 10 percent, according to the New York Times.

“Wherever there was food with added sugar in their diets, we took it out and we replaced it with a no-added-sugar version,” Dr. Lustig said.

Too much sugar in your child’s diet is bad, and cutting back will help improve your child’s overall health.

Though the study’s primary goal was to understand metabolic issues in youth better, the study’s findings are relevant to other aspects of our children’s health, especially their oral health.

“The sugar in high-carbohydrate foods mixed with the bacteria in your child’s mouth makes a mild acid that can break down the enamel (the outer, protective layer of the teeth) and eventually cause cavities,” according to Colgate’s Oral Care Center.

Failure to address oral health issues, including too much sugar in your child’s diet might lead to more serious medical problems in the future, including periodontal disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and pregnancy issues. This is why it’s important to start taking care of your dental hygiene at a young age, otherwise, those that don’t may find when they are elderly they are needing to use their dental insurance like these policies reviewed by Let’s Say Thanks, a lot more than they wish to.

According to Alligator Pediatric Dentistry, an Idaho Falls pediatric dentist, there are several things we can do today to help keep our children’s teeth and bodies healthy, including:

  • Limit the snacks your child eats between meals
  • Replace the sugary drinks with more water
  • Help your child avoid eating sugary food after brushing their teeth

Nothing is more important than the health of your child. Do what you can now to instill healthy habits to make sure he or she remains healthy, you may also find that taking them to a dental practice such as this Dentist Washington based or others at a younger age decreases their dental anxiety as they mature, therefore giving your child the ability to take care of their teeth, and go for a checkup when necessary.

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15 thoughts on “Healthy Kids Start With Healthy Oral Habits

  1. This is good information. Everything you can do to help kids have good teeth and health and get a good start in life is so worth it!

  2. As someone who is trying to break a serious sugar addiction, if we can keep our kids away from sugar as much as possible from the start, I say that’s a good thing. It can only help them in the long run.

  3. Sugar intake, and especially sugary drinks like juice and soda, are very destructive to the teeth. I’m a testament for this. I used to drink at least 6 sodas a day in my high school and early college years.

  4. Making sure that kids know all about oral health is so important. It will carry with them until they are adults and have to take care of their own.

  5. This is true. kids should learn the basic oral habits! my dentist told me to watch my son’s oral health and teach him the proper oral habit!

  6. It’s important that we teach our kids about the importance of dental health. There’s nothing like a good set of teeth for less worries and pains as they grow up. I think these are awesome tips!

  7. I’m really happy that my kids enjoying their oral habit every day! It’s really important that we teach our kids about their hygiene.

  8. The sad thing is that when I was a kid I had great oral habits. My teeth were really healthy back then. Anymore I have gotten really bad about taking care of my teeth and I am paying the price for it. I need to get back into healthy oral habits myself.

  9. Learning proper oral hygiene at a young age is so important. Even though your baby teeth will eventually fall out, you still need to learn to take care of them as well as your gums. Bad oral hygiene can lead to unforeseen health problems down the road that many people don’t think about.

  10. I don’t think I was as effective in training my kids about oral hygiene as I would have liked. I still have to hound my daughter about it!

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