Kids and Cavities: What Parents Need To Know
Did You survive Halloween?
Well, we survived Halloween at our house! Who knew that a 2 year old could like candy so much! Teeth brushing has never been easy with my kiddos. However, I know after all of the candy consumed last night, I have got to stay on top of it!
In our quest to Make Motherhood Easier, we wanted to get the facts from Dr. Melanie Bond of Parkland Pediatric Dentistry!
- Poor Brushing and Flossing: Teeth coated in plaque will decay: We recommend parents assist their child in the brushing of his/her teeth until the child possess the manual dexterity to write his/her name in cursive.
- What We Eat: Frequent Snacking: Children who nibble and graze throughout the day have more acid exposures, which causes breakdown of tooth enamel even if they are snacking on healthy foods. Try to have regular meals and limit the number of snack times between meals.
- Snacking on Sticky Foods: If a food is sticky (pretzels, goldfish, etc.) it will stick to teeth for hours. Avoid refined sugars and starches by staying as close to nature as possible. Try to choose foods that come from the ground.
- Juices, Sodas and Sports Drinks: These are loaded with sugar and highly acidic with very little nutritional content. We would rather you reach for an apple versus 100% Apple Juice.
- Our Bodies & Bacteria: We contract the bacteria that cause cavities typically between the ages of 0-18 months. We obtain this bacteria the same way we contract a cold virus; by direct contact such as kissing loved ones on the mouths or sharing utensils and straws. We recommend limiting direct saliva/spit contact at this very sensitive times in our child’s lives.
- Do not put your child’s bottle/pacifier in your mouth when it falls on the ground to “clean it.”