We all try to be perfect parents, but no matter how hard we try, perfection is unattainable. One seemingly simple thing that often slips through the cracks is the health of our children’s teeth. Sure, we make sure they brush their teeth but are the little things we are missing hurting their teeth?
In the busy world in which we live, oral health often takes the backseat; however, it does not have to be that way.
Dr. David Treff and his pediatric dentist Burke, VA team at Pediatric Dentistry of Burke offer the following three quick tooth tips to help busy parents protect their children’s teeth.
Use a straw
If you frequently give your child acidic drinks like juice or soda, it can have a damaging effect on your child’s teeth. The acid can slowly break down the enamel on their teeth, which might cause cavities and decay down the road.
To help prevent this, have your child drink acidic beverages with a straw. When you child sucks through the straw, less of the acid will hit the teeth, which will keep them healthier and stronger.
Replace sugary snacks with cheese
If your child often eats sugary snacks, they might be slowly harming their teeth. To help keep their teeth safe, give them cheese to snack on instead.
Dairy products, especially cheese, are saliva makers, and the more saliva your mouth makes, the better. When saliva builds up in your mouth, the liquid will help keep plaque and other bacteria stay off your teeth. Additionally, dairy products are high in calcium, which is an essential mineral for tooth growth and strength.
Replace sugary gum with ADA-approved gum
Did you know the American Dental Association (ADA) puts its seal on some brands of gum that are made with non-cavity causing sweeteners? If not, you should start looking for such a brand today.
Sugary gum can be chewed for hours, and the sugar has hours to stick to your teeth. ADA-approved gum has removed that hazard to ensure your teeth remain healthy.
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