4 SIMPLE WAYS TO REDUCE SUGAR IN YOUR CHILD’S DIET
In 2016-2017, children and teenagers in England had multiple teeth extracted under general anaesthetic 42,911 times (170 a day). Each procedure involves a child having a general anaesthetic and at least two teeth removed.
The main factor in the cause of tooth decay is sugar. When sugars enter the mouth, they are absorbed by the bacteria that form the dental plaque and they are converted to an acid which lowers the pH and weakens the tooth surface.
This is also known as “acid attack”. It is important to avoid frequent sugar consumption in order to give your teeth time to recover after an acid attack.
The more often your child eats or drinks sugary things the greater the chance of tooth decay. Kids are getting half of their sugar intake from soft drinks and unhealthy snacks.
Here are some useful advises from an experienced Leith dentist:
– Avoid any fizzy drinks. Fizzy drinks can contain large amounts of sugar, which will increase the risk of tooth decay. They also contain acids that can erode the outer surface of the tooth. You can swap to plain water and low fat milk.
– Eat whole foods that aren’t processed. Eating more foods in their natural state will eliminate added sugars.
– For a healthy start to the day, swap sugary cereals for plain porridge or plain whole-wheat biscuit cereals. You can also choose low fat, lower-sugar yoghurt with a fruit such as banana instead of sugary yoghurt, ice cream and sugary desserts.
– Prepare snacks in advance. If you are out and about with your kids, you can prepare in advance healthier snacks. It is also more possible for your kid to eat the snack if they have prepared it.
Tooth decay is preventable. Child tooth decay can be reduced through cutting back on sugary food and drink, good oral hygiene with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, and trips to the dentist as often as advised.