Some healthy good habits to eat for our kids
Dentists in Torrevieja have reported an alarming influx of children, sometimes even as young as 18 months, suffering from tooth decay or gum infection. Often, these conditions require invasive surgery, resulting in the loss of numerous baby teeth.
The statistics are nothing to smile about. In 2014, of the 1,000 minors who underwent general anesthetics for tooth removal, 178 were aged three or younger.
In light of this startling fact, parents in Torrevieja have begun wondering: what is the main culprit of early childhood dental issues, and how can they be avoided?
Typically, the answer lies in today’s pervasive high sugar diet. Kid-proven favorites like carbonated drinks, processed snacks and sweet treats can seriously affect a child’s oral health.
When monitoring your child’s sugar intake, which food and beverage items should you specifically include on the no-no list?
Take a look at these Lucrecia Botella´s top five Dental Don’ts, in addition to some wholesome alternatives to protect their pearly whites.
Not to Eat: Sodas & Juices
These notoriously cloying beverages contain, respectively, about 40 grams and 25 grams of sugar per serving. In addition, artificially sweetened drinks are often blended with enamel eroding compounds, like phosphoric and citric acids.
To Eat: Naturally Flavored Water
Entice your kids to quench their thirst with water by adding a tangy, aromatic infusion from sliced cucumbers, berries, watermelon or even mint leaves.
Not to Eat: Dried Fruits
These popular snacks might be considered healthy, but in reality, the dehydration process strips away their nutrients, leaving mostly concentrated sugars. In addition, the non-soluble fiber content adheres sugar directly to the tooth’s surface.
To Eat: Fresh Non-Acidic Fruits
Satisfy your kids’ midday cravings with crisp apples, juicy pineapple or tart strawberries, which contain plaque and cavity fighting Vitamin C.
Not to Eat: Starchy Carbs
These dinnertime staples, including pasta, potatoes and white bread, rapidly convert to stored sugar throughout digestion. In addition, based on their coarse texture, these foods can get wedged between the teeth, causing tartar build-up.
To Eat: Raw Crunchy Vegetables
Encourage your kids to munch a variety of colorful veggies, like carrots, broccoli and cucumbers, as their folic acid properties scrape away plaque.
Not to Eat: Candies & Desserts
These heavily processed confections are unsurprisingly loaded with refined sugars. In addition, saccharine particles cling to the teeth and gums indefinitely, which speeds up dental decay.
To Eat: Stevia Sweetened Yogurt
Treat your kids to a smile worthy dessert by mixing together all-natural liquid stevia and plain Greek yogurt, for calcium fortified enamel strength.
Not to Eat: Energy Drinks
These sports enhancers claim to boost athletic performance, but they often have even more sugar than their soda counterparts.
To Eat: Organic Iced Green Tea
Encourage your kids to refuel their energy with this healthy source of caffeine, which offers anti-inflammatory benefits to fight gum disease.
Not to Eat: Gummy Vitamins
While these may be the easiest (and yummiest) way to get your child to consume their vitamins, from an oral health standpoint, they aren’t the best option. Sure, they’re visually appealing, but they also contain unnecessary sugars, food coloring and other additives that can be harmful to developing teeth.
To Eat: Xylitol Sweetened Vitamins
A well-balanced diet can go a long way, but if your child has the pickiest of palates, and only after consulting with your family doctor recommends taking a multivitamin sweetened with xylitol.
To take care
In Lucrecia Botella, we defense against premature tooth rotting is teaching your children proper oral hygiene. If kids learn, from an early age, the importance of a clean smile, fresh breath and regular dental check-ups, they will likely make these habits permanent. The following tips are simple and effective starting points:
Ensure they thoroughly brush their teeth, both in the morning and at night, with child-safe toothpaste.
Demonstrate how to floss between each tooth and instruct them to do this at least three times per week.
Urge them to rinse out food particles with kid-friendly antibacterial mouthwash right before bedtime.
Schedule visits with your family dentist twice each year, including x-rays and fluoride treatments.
Are there any other foods/beverages that you steer away from? Please feel free to share them in the comments section below.
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