Three Quick Tips To Help Busy Parents Protect Their Children’s Teeth


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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24 thoughts on “Three Quick Tips To Help Busy Parents Protect Their Children’s Teeth

  1. This is really good advice. You actually remind me that I need to call my son’s dentist to get him in. I like the idea of the ADA approved gum I forget that there is such going out there.

  2. I always keep reminding myself that dentist is really expensive so I need to take care and protecting his teeth from cavities.

  3. These are great tips that every parent should know. It’s also important to teach our kids about their hygiene and oral care.

  4. The straw tip is a great one for adults too. When I think about coffee and how staining it can be a straw would definitely help.

  5. I try to chew super free gum as much as possible. I too have a dry mouth due to my medications. Its no fun.
    My son got to go to the dentist a few weeks ago on a field trip. He came home all excited to brush his teeth. The excitement wore off though.

  6. Good tips – something a little different. The dentist also suggested getting rid of gummy treats or even gummy vitamins and going with other chewables.

  7. Cutting down on sugar is so important for teeth health. I no longer eat dairy and my oral health is even better than it used to be!

  8. Great tips. I have read straw is really effective. I have read that models and beauty queens do this to protect their teeth.

  9. Proper tooth care is something that will not only save you tons of money but will also keep your kids healthy. There are so many health problems that can come out of bad oral care. Great post.

  10. So my son’s choice of always using the straw whenever he has his fave orange juice does have its benefits. So great to know about that. Thanks for the info and the tips.

  11. my dentist actually recommended the straw idea for me to use. My kids actually don’t drink much soda but I indulge in way to much. Hadn’t heard of the cheese idea. Good tip!

  12. Cutting down the sugar is definitely an amazing tip! A lot of parents dont think about the effects it has.

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