With the temperatures quickly rising, it can be hard to say no to a sweet treat. It can be even harder to your child if they’re begging to cool down with one. But what would your children’s dentist say about the teeth-damaging choices? Let’s take a look at a few sweet summer treats that are bad for your child’s teeth.
Even though popsicles seem like a good idea to help your child cool down, they are loaded with sugar. The sugar can harm the outer layer of tooth enamel and eat away at the protective layer. After the protective layer is gone, teeth become a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Ultimately, those bacteria can lead to cavities and ruin your child’s teeth. More than 40% of children have dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten, which is something you need to prevent. If you do really want to feed your child a popsicle, offer them one that’s sugar-free.
Shaved Ice and Ice in General
Shaved ice and snow cones are jam packed with sugar. While it may seem fun to give your child a chance to pick their favorite flavor of syrup, don’t even let them go near the shaved ice booth at the county fair. The sugar from the syrup will do the same thing as the sugar from popsicles. The shaved ice itself is typically pretty soft, but if there are any hard chunks buried in there, your child could crack or break a tooth. Dentists will most likely tell you to avoid giving them ice altogether.
There are commercials for different sports drinks on TV all the time. The advertisements make them seem like they can do wonders for your child’s body. But even with their electrolytes, they’re full of sugar. Look for any sports drinks that are labeled “sugar-free,” as those would be a better option.
If your child is craving something cold this summer, throw some fruits or veggies in the refrigerator for a couple of hours and offer those as a snack option. These healthy snacks are delicious and they can help keep your child hydrated. Whatever you do, though, stay away from those deceptively sugary summer treats. Your kids’ dentist will thank you.