Snacking and Cavities – What’s Happening in Your Child’s Mouth
It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month! Our team always loves practicing children’s dentistry at our Temple, TX dental office. But this month is specially dedicated to your child and the steps you can take to make sure their smile stays healthy.
Where Cavities Come From
You probably already know that conscientious brushing and flossing is an essential part of your child’s dental health. And you probably also know that snacking on sugary foods all day isn’t good for your child’s teeth. But what’s the connection between all these goodies and the cavities that develop in your child’s teeth?
There are loads of bacteria that live in your child’s mouth, some good and some bad. Eating sugary foods starts a chain reaction where bacteria start to feed off that sugar and produce acid that gradually eats away at the dental enamel, eventually leading to cavities.
Good Sugar vs. Bad Sugar
Obviously, foods like candies and desserts that are high in sugar should be avoided or used in moderation. Consuming too much of these foods will increase your child’s risk of developing cavities.
But foods like fruits and vegetables contain the natural sugars that your child’s body needs to thrive. So it’s okay for them to have a sweet snack occasionally as long as you’re helping them maintain proper oral hygiene. But getting your child used to eating foods with healthy sugars will go a long way toward reducing their risk of cavities.
We’re Here to Help
Raising kids is hard work, and you’re not expected to know everything about their oral health care. That’s why the children’s dentistry team at our Temple, TX dental office is always available to answer your questions and educate you about the best ways to keep your little one’s teeth healthy.
If you have any questions about your child’s dental health or would like to arrange an appointment, please give us a call!