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Dental Danger: Foods and Drinks to Avoid Feeding Your Child

It’s no secret that the foods kids tend to like most can also provide the fewest benefits to their growing bodies. Many parents might find themselves wondering what foods and drinks are particularly harmful to their children’s teeth at some point during their parenting experience. While there are no traditionally defined good or bad foods or drinks, there are certainly some items to avoid and many more tips and tricks to use towards keeping your child’s mouth healthy. It is important to understand that all foods can cause tooth decay. When making food choices for your child, consider the following: Sticky foods, such as fruit snacks, caramels, dried fruit, Now & Later candies, Skittles, etc… always pose a threat to teeth, as they have a knack for lodging themselves in and around the surface of teeth as they’re being chewed. Drying foods, like cookies, granola bars, chips, crackers, etc… also have the ability to stick to your child’s teeth for hours after consumption, which creates an ideal environment for tooth decay. Potential alternatives to these wellloved treats are pudding, Jell-O, ice cream, and popsicles. If your child is a fan of cheese, you’re in luck – cheese happens to be one of the least harmful snacks for teeth. Cheese provides a number of benefits to the mouth, including the fact that the calcium stored within cheese helps to replace minerals in teeth that may have been stripped while eating other, less gentle foods. While we do not recommend artificial blends of cheese products, cheeses like Cheddar, Swiss, and Monterey Jack are all great options for healthy mouth snacking. In terms of drinks, the only beverage that does not pose a threat to the teeth is water. Water is something of a super-liquid for teeth, since it not only cleanses, but also supports tooth health with fluoride. Needless to say, the more water you drink, the greater the positive outcome for the teeth. To learn more about how to keep your child’s teeth healthy, be sure to chat with your dentist next time you’re in the office. As always, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics offers the best in


knowledge and care from board-certified doctors here in Macomb County. About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, the offices of Drs. Delaney, Plunkett, Ralstrom, Makowski, Thanasas, Ker, and Associates Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics has specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. The pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults, including being an Invisalign preferred provider. The ability to treat all special needs patients reaches beyond our facility, which has treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy. Valued hospital affiliations allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children's Hospital when needed. Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics 39400 Garfield Rd., Suite 200 Clinton Township, MI 48038 586-286-0700 www.mychildsteeth.com


Dental danger foods and drinks to avoid feeding your child