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Keeping your Children Safe from Tooth Decay

By: | Tags: | Comments: 0 | September 19th, 2015

Have you ever noticed that when you leave chocolates, freshly baked cupcakes with whip cream on top and a scoop of ice cream in a bowl on top of a kitchen counter it just vanishes at the blink of an eye? Ever wondered who ate it or took it away? I bet the first word that hit a parents mind was “Kids”!

Yes! The love of our lives and the angel of our eyes, our children who we love so dearly eat snacks that they are not supposed to, especially at the time when they are not allowed to. So how do we prevent them from eating all these delicious snacks when knowing the biggest monstrosity for us would be that our children have cavities?

Well, for starters we should know the type of foods that can cause tooth decay. Let us not limit ourselves with different colored candy packaging and colorful advertisements on TV brainwashing our kids to eat them. It just does not start and stop to candies! Instead, those foods that are high on carbohydrates; packaged juice and sodas, peanut butter, some fruits, potato chips, and crackers are culprits as well. It is the frequency at which these foods are eaten and the amount of time they remain stuck as particles inside your child’s mouth that leads to tooth decay.


Children who consume soda excessively are more likely to gain tooth decay and serious ailments later in life, like osteoporosis and diabetes plus it can also cause tooth enamel (enamel breakdown leads to cavities). If cavities start spreading then eventually sensitivity and pain will occur and this can end up causing serious nerve infection.

Here are some food items that are actually very good for your gums and teeth:

  • Apples: also knows as “Nature’s Toothbrush” is enriched with various vitamins and minerals. Plus it prevents cavity build up as it cleanses the teeth surface and increases saliva flow in the mouth.
  • Celery: loaded with various dental health benefits, it helps by producing saliva that prevents plaque growth.
  • Kiwi: a great source of vitamin C that helps by preventing gum infection by maintaining collagen network in your gums and speeding up the healing process.

Now that we know all of this, as parents we would certainly keep these foods out of our children’s reach but because they are children we cannot completely stop them from eating their favorite snacks so we should provide them with alternatives that are far less sugary.

Before they eat anything in the morning or sleep with leftover particles in their mouth, do not forget to make them brush and floss their teeth.

tooth illustration

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