Posted on March 9, 2022 | Hot Topics
Nutrition plays a huge role in tooth decay. Teaching children how to properly fuel their body can lead to lifelong oral and physical health. We often hear that sugar is a big culprit in tooth decay, but what we don’t often hear is that carbohydrates and starches also play a big role in tooth decay!. This has to do with the carbohydrates sticking to the teeth and breaking down into sugars. They make it harder for saliva to wash away the carbohydrates and thus, they end up sitting on the teeth and causing decay.
One simple way you can help prevent decay as a parent is to teach your children about proper nutrition. Here are some tips on good nutrition to prevent tooth decay:
Teaching children good nutrition from a young age will help prevent plaque buildup and tooth decay over their entire lifetime.
If sugar, carbohydrates, and starches can’t be avoided, help your child practice good oral hygiene. Brushing teeth in between snacks and meals can help to get rid of the pesky food particles that would otherwise linger around on their teeth. Flossing their teeth daily can also help to remove food particles that are stuck between the teeth and along the gumline. Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash (as long as the child can spit it out!) and using a fluoride toothpaste can also prevent tooth decay.
Overall, learning good nutrition at a young age can lead to a lifetime of oral health.
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