There are few things in life worse than a child with a toothache. Unless you are fortunate enough to be able to find an emergency dentist, such as the one who is always on hand at Joondalup City Dental, your child has to suffer for most of a day and a night before he or she can find relief.
At Joondalup City Dental, we believe in a proactive program of self-care and regular dental visits to nip tooth decay in the bud before it becomes painful. And one of the pillars of adequate self-care is to avoid foods that cause tooth decay.
Foods and Beverages to Avoid
There are two main culprits: sugar and acid. Both break down enamel in your teeth. Acid breaks them down directly, while sugar feeds bacteria which create acids. The worst culprits, believe it or not, are acidic fruit juices like orange juice, because they contain both acid and sugar. This creates immediate and future damage all in the same product.
Sadly, most of the foods and beverages children seem to really like contain sugar or high amounts of carbohydrates which are easily broken down into sugar by your saliva.
So, what do you have your child avoid? All sweet snacks and sweet beverages. No carbonated beverages, no juices and no sports drinks. No cakes, donuts or candy. Even foods such as potato chips, peanut butter, many fruits and crackers can help cause tooth decay.
Take Action Steps
We will concede that it is nearly impossible to remove all foods like this from a child’s diet. But there are some action steps you can take. Find substitutes for these foods and give them to your child whenever possible. Fruits should be used judiciously and selected for lower amounts of sugar and acids. Have your child rinse his or her mouth after every snack or meal.
Call Joondalup City Dental Today
The biggest step: get your child into a dentist for regular appointments. Don’t wait until you have to go to an emergency dentist. Call Joondalup City Dental today: (08) 9404 9500
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, we encourage you to discuss these matters with an appropriately qualified health practitioner.