1. Sour candy: While most types of candy are sugary, sour candy offers some of the worst effects on teeth. Special acids are added to sour candies to give them that tart taste which can damage the protective enamel on teeth.
2.&3. Double trouble: long lasting & sticky foods: It’s not anything new that sugary sweets are bad for teeth, but for some treats it’s not the sugar content that makes them the bad guys. Sticky and gooey sweets like raisins, caramels and lollypops stick and cling to tooth surfaces leading to long sugar exposure to your teeth. If your kids have a sweet tooth, try to eat treats that stay in your mouth for a short amount of time.
4. Starchy food: Foods like white bread, potato chips, and pasta can easily get stuck on and between your teeth. Though these foods may not taste sweet, the simple starches convert to sugar almost immediately after consuming.
5. Soda: Of course sodas have overly generous amounts of sugar so they should not be a surprise on this list. However, sugar is not the only harmful ingredient. Sodas also contain corrosive acids that deteriorate tooth enamel. Whether you drink diet, regular, clear, or dark sodas, the effects can be harmful to teeth.
6. Sports drinks: If you’ve stocked these to keep your child hydrated during exercise sessions, it is time you try other options such as plain old water. The high concentration of strong acids in sports drinks can erode tooth enamel.
7. Energy drinks: These drinks are highly acidic and are a red flag to dental health. The high acidic levels in energy beverages are one of the many reasons why children should not consume them.
8. Highly acidic fruit: Fruit in the citrus category like oranges, lemon, and limes have enamel-damaging acids. You don’t have to quit fruit entirely because it’s an important part of your diet. Instead, eat fruit within a meal to reduce the negative effects.
9. Fruit juices: These kinds of beverages, especially citrus, apple, and berry varieties are high in acids. It’s important to drink these juices in moderation. Limit your kids’ use of sippy cups. Children who use sippy cups are more susceptible to the negative effects because their teeth are in direct contact with the cup.
10. Substances that dry out your mouth: Lozenges and cough drops can contain high levels of sugar too. While they might not be easy to avoid, ensure that your child drinks water whenever they use these substances. Alternatively, look for sugar-free options.
The professionals at George Dental Group can help you understand how food choices and eating habits play an important role in a child’s dental health. Schedule your child’s next dental appointment with George Dental Group today.