Be aware of foods that your children should never eat and don’t buy them. They will probably still eat them from time to time, when they are away from home, but if these foods are not in the house for them to eat on a regular basis it will help. Your kids will have fewer cavities and you will have smaller dental expenses.
Sour Chewy Candy
Chewy candy that has a sour flavor is the worst food for your kids. They should never eat them. These candies contain sugar and acids that make them sour. When your kids eat them, the sugar feeds bacteria which creates more acid in addition to the acids in the candy. If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the dentin eroding and the cavities growing while your kids eat the candy. On top of all that, the chewy texture makes this vile concoction stick to your child’s teeth. Do not buy these candies for your kids.
Sweet Chewy Candy
Chewy candy that is sweet is almost as bad as chewy candy that is sour. The sticky, sugary substance coats your kid’s teeth due to the chewy consistency of the candy. Bacteria flourish in the sugar and produce acids that eat away at tooth enamel.
Your kids need to brush their teeth after eating candy. The Canadian Dental Association recommends that they “Wait at least 20-30 minutes after eating before brushing …”
Hard candy is not as bad as chewy candy but your kids should still not be eating it. The sugar from hard candy coats their teeth. Bacteria flourishes in the sugar and produces acids that eat away at tooth enamel. Just leave the candy at the store.
Cookies and Cakes
Cookies and cakes are nearly as bad as candies for your kids’ teeth. Those sugary baked delights feed the bacteria, especially when the cake or cookie gets caught between their teeth.
Buy healthy snacks like nuts, popcorn or fresh fruit for your kids.
Soda pop should not be given to kids regularly. Even the sugar-free kind is acidic and bad for their teeth. Plain water is best. Although flavored water is not quite as bad as soda pop, it may still contain sugar and acidic flavoring.
Chewy fruit leather, little chewy fruit pieces and dried fruit should not be given to kids regularly. Even though many of them are fortified with vitamin C, they still contain sugar. They are barely a step above chewy candies.
According to Healthy Eating At School, “Dental health professionals consider fruit leather and dried fruit to be among the most retentive foods within Canada’s Food Guide. They are nutritious but, when you can’t brush after eating them, they put teeth at risk.”
Do not let your kids eat chips routinely. The starch sticks to their teeth, setting up a favorable environment for bacteria. Many types of chips also contain sugar; which bacteria thrive on. If your kids do snack on chips and cannot brush their teeth afterwards, have them thoroughly rinse their mouths with plain water to help wash the starch off their teeth.