Extremely sugary foods have been discovered by health experts to have adverse effects on teeth, and the consumption of these foods is sadly on the rise all over the world. With the recent sharp increase in daily consumption of foods with high sugar contents, more cases of oral health challenges, especially cavities are being reported among children. As a responsible and health-conscious parent, it is your responsibility to watch and limit your child’s daily sugar intake to help them retain their strong pearly whites, and their beautiful, confident smiles.
To avoid cavities in kids, the most important step to take is to actively reduce and effectively control you’re their sugar intakes, especially in the form of junk food and confectioneries. As adults, we should lead by example and help our children build healthy eating habits
It is also important to inculcate in your kids, the habit of brushing their teeth after every snack and meal to help prevent a bacterial breakdown of remnant food contents which causes plaque and to help maintain optimum dental health.
Issues relating to poor oral hygiene should also be carefully explained to your kids as they begin to mature. They should understand the consequences of not taking proper care of their teeth and their body generally, and they should be assisted in building good oral habits. It might help to show them images of decayed teeth, periodontal diseases and related dental health challenges to help them realize the importance of good dental hygiene and the results of poor oral health.
You should also actively educate your children about foods that are potentially harmful to their teeth such as pasta and bread. They should be made to understand that while these foods are not entirely bad for your health; excess consumption of these foods can cause serious dental issues. On the flip side, kids should also learn the importance and effects of consuming healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables on their dental health, but they should realize that excesses of even the best foods can still cause considerable damage.
Dentists believe that the best oral hygiene habit that can be taught to kids is the practice of brushing twice a day, in the morning and before bed.