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Drinks Bad for your Kid’s Teeth. Diet Soda, Energy & Soft Drinks Lead to Tooth Decay & Enamel Erosion

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A clean and bright smile can be easily attained through persistent oral care that includes regular brushing, flossing and mouthwash habits. Keeping your kids teeth healthy takes effort and dedication, as cavities can form when teeth are not properly taken care of. While most people realize the basic steps that it takes to keep teeth healthy and strong, many people fail to realize that the drinks their children are consuming are making a negative impact on the long term health of their teeth. The drinks that we consume play a major role in our oral health. Many drinks we consume are bad for our teeth and also bad for our health in general. It is important to become familiar with the drinks that will cause more harm to your kid’s teeth than good.

Soft drinks are bad for your Children’s teeth

Soft drink, soda pop, cola – whatever you call it, is probably the worst possible drink for your kid’s teeth. Not only is soda pop extremely unhealthy for their teeth, but it is also unhealthy for their body. Soft drinks contain loads and loads of sugar. Bacteria in the mouth thrive on sugar. While sugar in all forms has a negative impact on teeth, it is also the carbonation of the soda that can lead to tooth decay. Another negative contributing factor from soda is the acidity and fizziness it puts into the mouth. This acidity can lead to tooth enamel erosion. The next time your child asks for a soda, hand them a glass or bottle of water instead!

Fruit juice is Bad for Children’s Teeth & Leads to Tooth Decay

Another drink to encourage your kids to avoid or at least consume in small doses is fruit juice. Many people are surprised to hear that fruit juice is bad for your teeth. Take into consideration that most fruit juices sitting on the store shelf today have loads of added sugar, making them just as toxic as soft drinks are. The sugar in fruit juice will not only lead to tooth decay, but will also contribute to tooth enamel erosion as well. If your children really love drinking fruit juice, your best option is to purchase a juicer and make your own from fresh fruit you purchase in the produce section. Fruit juice made at home will contain much less sugar than the bottled fruit juice you purchase at the grocery store.

Tea and Coffee Stains Kids Teeth

Many parents wouldn’t dream of giving their kids tea or coffee because of the caffeine content; but some parents do. Tea and coffee can have a negative impact on your kid’s teeth. Coffee and tea can drastically change the color of their teeth from a bright healthy white, to a dull and unattractive yellow brownish color. Avoid your children consuming these drinks to keep their smile as white and healthy as possible.

Call Smile Reef in Las Vegas Nevada to make your next appointment for a thorough dental check-up today!

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How Long Should you Wait to Brush your Teeth After Eating Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snack Time?

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Teaching children good oral hygiene is fairly easy. You can make sure you are teaching your child how to brush and floss correctly as well as following up with them after each brush to be sure that they did a good job. Reward them with positive feedback when they do it right and for the correct amount of time. Also be sure that you are diligent in their regular visits to the dentist. This will help to relive the stress of going to the dentist because they are going on a regular basis. Having a regular checkup is much less stressful as opposed to going to the dentist in an emergency situation such as when they have a toothache and require more invasive work. One area of oral hygiene that parents might struggle with is whether or not their child should brush their teeth right after a meal?

Should you Brush After Eating Sugar or Other Foods?

Most people assume that yes; you should head straight to the toothbrush and get to brushing when you finish eating. This is not always true! The types of food you have eaten will determine whether you should brush your teeth right away or wait a minimum of 30 minutes.

Smile Reef has outlined two common food types your child is most likely eating and when you need to brush after eating them.

Brushing Teeth After Eating Carbohydrates and Sugars: If you are having a snack or a dinner that has a lot of carbohydrates and sugar, then you need to hustle to the bathroom to brush your teeth. The carbohydrates and high sugar foods have bacteria that immediately start to attack the enamel on your teeth. They eat away enamel the most after the first 20 minutes after eating. When you go and brush right after you eat these types of foods it kills the bacteria that is causing the enamel to be eaten away.

Brushing After Eating Acidic Foods: These are the kinds of foods such as citrus drinks, salad dressing and soda. The acid in these types of foods actually cause the enamel on your teeth to soften. The enamel can be easily damaged with in the first 30 minutes so you want to stay away from brushing right away. If you are eating these types of foods you want to wait the recommended 30 minutes before you brush to protect the softened enamel. If you know that you are going to be eating foods that are high in acid you may want to actually brush before you eat.

If you are ready to get your child’s teeth checked and get on a regular visitation schedule, give us a call today!

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