Summer is here, and it’s time for pool parties and barbeques with family and friends. You want your kids to enjoy their break without a lot of rules and restrictions, but you don’t want a couple of months of fun to create problems with their long-term oral health.
So you limit their intake of candy and try to have plenty of fresh fruits on hand, but if you aren’t paying attention to what your kids are drinking, you’re missing a big part of the picture.
The Problem with Sugar in Beverages
As a parent, you don’t just need to know how much sugar your child consumes, but why it’s so damaging for their teeth. Millions of bacteria live in your child’s mouth, and they love to feed on sugar. As a result, acid is produced as a byproduct and eats away at dental enamel which leads to tooth decay.
Popular Drinks to Avoid
It’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that something labeled as a sports drink or fruit smoothie can't be harmful. But would you believe that some sports drinks labeled as low calorie actually contain as much as seven teaspoons of sugar in a 12-ounce serving? Fruit smoothies, while much healthier than other beverage choices, are still very high in sugar content.
Steps You Can Take
You don’t want to be too restrictive because it is summer, after all. But knowing how much sugar your child is consuming is the key to helping them make healthier choices.
Talk to your dentist and hygienist because they can provide you with hygiene and dietary tips for your child that protect their smile. Completely cutting these drinks out is not necessary, but if your child does indulge, be sure to mitigate the damage by helping them brush and floss their teeth thoroughly afterward.
Please Call Tysons Dentistry
The children’s dentistry team at our Vienna, VA dental office is armed with tips for helping your child enjoy the best of summer without worrying about cavities. Please call us if you have questions or would like to arrange a time to stop by and chat with us.