It is important to teach our children about nutrition, not just for their growing bodies but for their teeth as well. For good tooth development, it is important that your child knows what they should be eating as well as the food that can decay their teeth. Of course, not all food should be denied to our little ones. However they should know that some food is good as well as bad for their teeth. The bad ones mean they need to brush their teeth more often and have proper oral hygiene. Smile Reef would like to share which food helps them develop healthier teeth.
How Are Fruits & Vegetables Good for Healthy Teeth & Gums?
Fruits and Vegetables have high amounts of water and contain low amounts of sugar. Some fruits and vegetables such as pears, melons, and cucumbers are low in sugar. They also have additional benefits as well. Crunchy fruit and vegetables help scrape and clean teeth as the child eats them. Keep in mind, not all fruits are great on teeth. You should limit the amount of bananas and dried fruit that have higher amounts of sugar in them. After your child has eaten some of those higher in sugar fruits, have you child brush their teeth. Remember fruits and vegetables are a great source of nutrition that shouldn’t be avoided. Nonetheless, those with high sugar content can damage the teeth if they are not brushed right away. Brushing often, especially after eating, ensures healthy teeth.
How is Calcium Good for Teeth & Bones
Calcium is great for developing healthy teeth. Some of the foods and drinks with high amounts of calcium are milk, cheese, yogurt and broccoli. These are great snacks that provide your child with enough calcium to continue their tooth development. Additionally eating cheese helps trigger the flow of saliva which helps remove food particles off of the teeth.
Foods High in Sugar Are Bad for Teeth Enamel & Oral Health
Of course, even healthier foods like raisins, dried fruits, and granola bars can have negative consequences on your child’s teeth. Naturally, cakes, candies and other treats high in sugar will also have adverse affects on your children’s teeth. Saliva has a hard time removing the sugar off of the teeth and if not attended, can lead to tooth decay. If your child consumes a large amount of sugar, have them brush their teeth afterwards. It is best to serve sweets at the end of the day after dinner. After a balanced meal your child should have more saliva to help clean their teeth. Again, brushing after each meal should become a lifelong habit.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
For little ones still on the bottle and after their final nightly bottle feeding, you should clean whatever teeth they may have. Afterwards if they demand a little something more, give them water in their bottle to prevent sugary milk or formula from setting on their teeth and gums all night long.
Pediatric Dental Check Ups
Of course regular visits to the dentist help to monitor any tooth decay. Deep cleaning will help keep their teeth clean. Make sure you help your children eat and drink the right foods and beverages to keep their body and teeth developing properly. Smile Reef encourages you to have your child visit the dentist often so we can monitor your child’s oral development. Contact us today to help keep your child’s mouth healthy.
Summer is here and the rising temperatures make it especially tempting to run out and take a leisurely dip in the pool. What you may not realize is that taking the plunge into chlorinated water may cause damage to your smile. Whether you swim to stay healthy or just to get some relief from the heat, you may have noticed that your teeth feel sensitive and have a yellowish tinge after swimming in chlorinated water. While chlorine is used to kill harmful bacteria found in water, too much chlorine creates an environment that is highly acidic.
How Does Acid Affect Teeth?
Every time you drink or eat, bacteria in your mouth mix with the sugars and acids found in foods to create a buildup called plaque. When this build up is left to its own devices it can cause cavities and gum disease. Acid such as the acid found in chlorinated water is particularly harmful because it can destroy the hard white coating surrounding your teeth called tooth enamel. A pH scale is used to measure the acidity of a substance and anything with a pH level lower than six can cause irreversible damage to your tooth enamel. Since pool water that has been over chlorinated often has a pH level below six, your teeth and your children’s teeth for that matter are constantly being bombarded every time you and your family take a dip in the pool.
Swimmers Calculus; Chlorine Stains on Teeth
Chlorine is used in drinking water and swimming pools across the country as a type of disinfectant to kill harmful bacteria. While the chlorine found in tap water is not enough to cause dental issues, swimming laps or soaking in a Jacuzzi can expose you to levels of chlorinated water which can play havoc on your tooth enamel. According to dental professionals patients should be concerned when pool water seeps into their mouths during their leisurely swim time. In fact research studies indicated the increasing connection between pools that have been incorrectly chlorinated and tooth damage with particular significance on pool water which has a pH level which falls below 7. As the enamel on your teeth begins to break down, your teeth will not only look yellowed and discolored but the edges of your teeth may begin to appear translucent. As the enamel continues to break down you may feel sensitivity when ingesting hot or cold liquids or foods.
Swimming Teeth Protection
How do you know when it is safe to take a swim? Take a look around you next time you visit your local pool or take a vacation. Pay particular attention to the railings, pool liners and ladders. Over chlorinated water will begin to break down these surfaces causing obvious damage. Imagine the water doing the same thing to the surface of your teeth and consider taking a pass and finding another activity. You can also purchase pool pH strips at your local pool supply store which will allow you to test the water before getting in. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the ideal chlorine level for pool water is between 7.2 and 7.8. If you own your own home, you should test your pools pH balance weekly or better yet hire a professional to make sure your water is maintained at optimal levels during the summer months. To keep damage in check, brush with a soft bristled toothpaste and don’t forget to schedule regular checkups and cleanings for you and your family.
Pediatric Dental Care
For more information regarding pediatric dental checkups and cleanings, contact the knowledgeable experts at Smile Reef today.