Should I Let my Children Eat Candy?
Candy, we all like it from time-to-time and we all know that children love candy. What impact does it have on their oral health?
Parents, we know you have enough worries and responsibilities. That’s why we provide these important facts and ideas on how to allow your kids to indulge while still maintaining a happy and healthy smile! Incorporated with the below are also some tips to ensure that your kids stay hydrated in the hot summer sun.
- Sticky candies like taffy and gummy bears take longer to get washed away by saliva. Unless sugar-free, candies that stay in your mouth for a long period of time increase the risk of tooth decay.
- Avoid beverages with added sugar and drinking fluoridated water can help in tooth decay prevention.
- If you kids need to have that candy, be sure that they eat it with meals. Dentists recommend this because saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids bacteria creates in your mouth. Need more tips or have questions? Contact your Harbor Point Dental Group office.
Does Your Child Consume Too Much Sugar?
Three signs that your child may consume too much sugar include: Cavities, consistent sugary drink consumption like soda and fruit juice instead of water, and a lack of behavior change after a consuming food or drink with a large amount of sugar.
How Do I Help My Kids Stay Away from Sugary Drinks, Candy and Foods?
We know you are not going to always be able to watch your child when they are out playing or visiting a friend’s house where the may be offered something to eat and drink you would not prefer. Here are some recommended tips to consider and discuss with your children and the parents of their friends.
- Remember to always share any allergies with the parents of your child’s friends. Make sure your child is comfortable to inform others of his or her allergies.
- Create a routine with your child so he or she is aware of what is recommended to eat and not to eat.
Some alternatives to consider
- Water instead of soda and sports drinks
- White milk instead of chocolate milk
- Fresh fruit instead of fruit snacks
- Read nutritional labels on cereal backs for ones that are low in sugar
- Make fruit smoothies
- Greek yogurt
Staying hydrated by drinking the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day not only is good for your overall health, but helps against dry mouth and strengthens your teeth.
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Our Harbor Point Dental team of dental professionals in Stamford, CT approaches every patient relationship by carefully listening to any dental concerns they might have. We are here to help you schedule an appointment and answer any questions you might have before you come to our office. We can also create a unique oral maintenance plan for you and your family for the longer term. Ask us about the benefits of staying hydrated, we have answers for you!
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