Queensland is known for many things, including stunning beaches and fun theme parks. Unfortunately, it has also just been revealed as one of the top states in Australia when it comes to childhood tooth decay. From regular dental visits to home hygiene practices, there are many different ways a parent can make a difference in the dental health of their children. It is time to get back to basics when it comes to halting the tide of dental rot, and the first place to begin is a child's diet.
While you may think the snacks you are providing for your kids are on the healthy side of the coin, there is plenty of hidden sugar in there that would make a nutritionist blush. Consider these following examples:
Water drinks and raw vegetables like celery sticks and carrots are much better snacking alternatives.
Dental Diet Boosters
As well as reducing or eliminating some foods from your child's diet, there are other foods you can introduce or increase their consumption of in an effort to keep their teeth healthy.
Cheese, for example, can benefit your children's teeth in a number of ways. Cheese increases the natural saliva in the mouth, and this extra saliva can wash away the bacteria that turn into plaque. Cheese is filled with calcium, and this calcium reduces the strong acidity which is found in plaque. This acidity reduction means the plaque will do a lot less damage.
While not a food choice, drinking beverages through a straw can also reduce the amount of sugar the teeth come into contact with. By delivering the soft drink straight to the throat, straws should be used on the occasions you allow your kids to have a sweet drink treat.
The prevention of dental rot in kids begins in the home, and a few little changes could prevent your kids from joining Queensland's dental statistics. Your dentist can give further advice on this subject if you have any specific questions you need answering about how your child's diet could be hurting their teeth.Share
15 March 2016
Hi! Welcome to my blog! My name is Kerry, and this blog is focused on dental fillings. It looks at the history of fillings, options for contemporary fillings, how to protect your fillings, when to replace them and much more. If you have ever had a cavity filled or if you are planning to get a tooth filled, you will find the information in this blog useful. I try to look at fillings from all angles, and I even plan to look at how to avoid fillings through proper dental hygiene and sealants. Thanks for reading, and I hope you find the info intellectually "filling."