What Foods Are the Worst for Kids’ Teeth?
Amid concerns about worldwide spikes in obesity, the World Health Organization is strongly advising consumers to limit sugar to no more than five percent of their current daily calories, according to BBC News. Our Cincinnati family dentists can help you preserve the health of your teeth and your entire body by discussing the foods and drinks people of any age should avoid.
Inadequate dental hygiene and a diet high in sugar is a recipe for tooth decay. If you have children, it’s best to teach them good brushing and flossing habits at home while controlling the amount of sugar they consume each day.
Some of the worst sugary items for young and old teeth alike include:
- Candy, especially gum, caramel, fruit snacks, and other sweets that stick to teeth
- Cake, cookies, pastries, and other carbohydrates high in sugar
- Sugary breakfast cereals
- Jellies, syrups, and honey
Unfortunately even otherwise healthy snacks, such as raisins and fruit juice, can contain sugar that sticks to your child’s teeth. If left unattended, the sugar could lead to decay. Our family dentists can check for cavities, recommend healthy food choices, and discuss beneficial hygiene practices that can encourage the development of strong, healthy adult teeth in growing kids.
To learn more about how a family dentist can help you prevent tooth decay and/or treat cavities, please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry or call 513-234-5531 today to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients throughout the Cincinnati area.