3 Surprising Things That Can Damage Children’s Teeth

Posted Jul 5th, 2017 in Health & Nutrition

3 Surprising Things That Can Damage Children’s Teeth

We all know that things candy, pop and other sweets contain sugars that can do a lot of damage to children’s teeth. But sugar is also lurking in some unexpected foods and drinks; here are just a few.


Juice

Fruit juices typically contain lots of healthy vitamins and minerals, but they also tend to have a lot of sugar. Sugar content-wise, there’s often not much difference between drinking a glass of juice and drinking a glass of pop, or eating a candy bar. Fruit juices also contain enamel-softening acids.

What can I do?

Straws can help prevent the juice from coming into direct contact with the teeth, so it can help to have them handy. Then, wait about 45 minutes after your child has had her juice so that the softening effects of the acids have a chance to wear off, and have her brush her teeth.

Chewable Vitamins

Chewable vitamins are a fun way to supplement your kids' vitamin intake, because they have the same taste and texture as gummy bears. Unfortunately, they’re just about the same in terms of sugar content, too. In addition, gummy candies (including chewable vitamins) are very sticky, and will stick to the teeth, allowing sugar eating bacteria to grow, eventually leading to decay.

What can I do?

 While we know it's not easy, the best thing you can do is to try and help your child develop a more balanced diet, rich in fruits and veggies. If your child must take vitamins, administer them in pill form.

Barbeque Sauces, Tomato Sauces, and Other Canned or Jarred Condiments

Next time you visit the grocery store, look at the ingredients list on the canned or jarred food you buy. You may be surprised to find that they contain sugar – sometimes quite a lot! The fact is that most processed and pre-packaged foods contain some sugar. While it's fine to eat them occasionally, making them a regular staple may lead to dental decay.

What can I do?

Make dinner from scratch as often as you can, and if they're old enough, get your kids to help! This may have the added benefits of getting them interested in their oral health, and expanding their palettes and the foods they’re willing to eat.

If you have questions about diet and nutrition as it relates to dental health, take a look at our Health & Nutrition Blog, or get in touch with our SmileTown Burnaby Children’s dentists today!

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