There is a very famous saying “too much of a good thing can be a bad thing”. It is never more true when it comes to eating, especially sweets. While it is not possible to completely avoid giving sweets and candies to your kids, dentists encourage moderation to ensure your kid gets a gift of a great oral health.
Here are five common treat to limit giving your kids:
- Candy canes: The issue with candy canes is the extended amount of time they remain in your mouth as you slowly melt them in your mouth. Moreover, the temptation to chew them, which can cause chips or cracks in your teeth. Eat them carefully and quickly to limit their bad oral health affect.
- Cookies and sugar biscuits: Cookies and sugar biscuits are hard to resist. They are mouth watering and delicious, but remember cookies are loaded with sugar and can be significantly damaging for your teeth. Certainly, we know recommending not eating cookies at all, is not possible. Just enjoy them in limit.
- Drinks and cocktails: Beverages like hot chocolate, apple cider and eggnog are very delicious, but they are laden with sugar. Eggnog has over 20 gm of sugar in a cup, white hot cider boasts over 65 grams of sugar when topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Limit your favorite drinks to one small serving and don’t forget to rinse your mouth with water afterwards.
- Caramels: Sticky, chewy treats like caramels are very damaging for your teeth as they are not only loaded with sugar but they also remain stuck to your teeth for prolonged amount of time and are harder for saliva to break down. The same also applies to gumdrops on the gingerbread house.
- Fruitcake: Oral health reasons to limit its consumption include sugary cake base and the chewy candied fruit.
Candies, cookies and drinks all have at least one common key ingredient that is sugar. And effects of sugar on teeth are well documented. Why is sugar so harmful for your oral health? Sugar mixes with bacteria in the sticky plaque that continuously build up on teeth to create acid that affects the tooth enamel. The stickiness of that plaque keeps those damaging acids in contact with your teeth, which add to tooth decay.
Nobody likes to say no to these sweet treats. And even dentists won’t like to complete take away these sweet treats from your life, they recommend you should try to enjoy in moderation, and if you every feel that you are consuming them too much, then spend some extra time brushing and flossing at least two times in a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
For more details contact Smiles Dental Group.