Making sure that your child brushes and flosses his or her teeth every day are all good, but all of that goes to waste if you can’t keep them off the soda and other sugary, acidic drinks.
From sports drinks to energy drinks, and artificial fruit juices, as well as sodas, all these aren’t good for your child’s mouth.
Sugar + Acid = Bad For Teeth
The ever-present bacteria found in our mouth love to feast on sugar as much as we do. And, sugary, acidic drinks contain lots of them. The more we drink soda and other sugary drinks, the more the bacteria have to eat, which creates an acid byproduct that’s strong enough to erode teeth.
Keep in mind, no one is really completely free of harmful oral bacteria. It doesn’t matter how often you brush your teeth, it’s always going to be there. However, maintaining a healthy balance of bacteria in the mouth is key to minimizing decay and oral problems.
The best way to do that is to avoid soda and other sugary, acidic drinks.
What Acid Does To The Teeth
The sugar, though, is just one part of the equation. What makes these drinks even worse is that they’re loaded with acid! The acid in soda is worse than sugar in that it can erode teeth without the help of oral bacteria. The attack lasts for around 20 minutes each and each time your child takes another sip, it starts all over again.
For this very reason, diet and “sugar-free” sodas are just as harmful to your child’s teeth as regular soda.
Is One Glass A Day Okay?
Of course, being that sodas are so ingrained in our daily lives, it’s hard to say completely no to them. So, you may wonder, just how often is it okay to drink soda?
There aren’t really enough studies to show just how much is okay. However, there are studies that show that there are cases where it’s okay to drink soda. For example, when you have a tummy ache, drinking soda can actually help. But, other than that, most studies agree on how harmful it is for your teeth and overall health and how you should avoid it entirely.
Is one glass a day, okay? Not really. Although just how much you let your child drink is completely up to you. But, just imagine how much you or your child’s teeth and health would be better off if you replaced soda and other sugary, acidic drinks with milk or water.
Early Dental Care Goes A Long Way
Curbing the soda isn’t just about cavities. For example, enamel erosion can lead to tooth sensitivity, while excess sugar can cause gum disease. The latter is the biggest cause of tooth loss among adults.
As hard as it is, teaching your child to take care of his or her smile early on and steering them away from sugary, acidic drinks, puts them on a path that lets them enjoy healthy and beautiful teeth later on in their lives.
Don’t forget to take you child in for regular checkups and cleanings. Call for an appointment today at 201-795-2111 or visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.