Childrens dental care is an essential part of their overall health. Kids with poor oral health are up to three times more likely to miss school as a result of dental pain, and 40% of kids have dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten.

Teeth brushing and regular pediatric dental exams are key to keeping your child’s cavities at bay. But the foods and drinks we eat play a major role in childrens dental care, too.

Here are three foods your child may be eating that could be putting them at greater risk for cavities and tooth decay.

1. Fruit juice. 

Kids love juice, and some juices can be great for their health. But it’s important to read the nutritional facts on the back of your child’s juice before assuming it’s as good for them as you think. Many fruit juices have a lot of sugar in them. When that sugar sits on your child’s teeth throughout the day, it offers food for bacteria and increases your child’s risk of cavities. Consider opting for fruit juices that contain less sugar or try to cut back on how much fruit juice your child drinks. Another way to keep cavities at bay is to have your child rinse their mouth with water after they’ve finished their fruit juice. This helps to remove the sugary residue of the juice from their teeth.

2. Chips and crackers.

Crackers and chips are a common and favorite snack for many kids. But if these snacks have a lot of starch in them, they can actually damage your child’s teeth. Starch contains natural sugars, which can provide food for the bacteria on your child’s teeth. Just like with fruit juices, consider having your child rinse their mouth with water after they’ve finished their snack.

3. Fruit cups. 

Fruit is a healthy snack, but you want to be sure that when your child eats a fruit cup that they’re eating fruit that’s stored in water. Fruit cups that contain sugary syrup or juice can introduce a lot of unnecessary and unhealthy sugar into your child’s diet that can serve as food for bacteria and put your kids at risk for cavities.

Pediatric dental services are an essential part of your child’s dental health. To schedule an appointment for your child’s dental care, contact Pediatric Dental Care today.

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