High summer is upon us, which means that your kids are probably hanging around the house more than usual. What does that have to do with dental health? Well, more than likely, your children are constantly on the hunt for snacks to augment their seasonal fun. And that can be dangerous to those young smiles, if wise choices are not made. As such, you’ll want to keep reading to hear about 6 things you can do to ensure a healthier summer for all. When you are finished, be sure to call Silver Leaf Dentistry of Longmont, CO at 720-504-2539 to request your next visit with Dr. Wallin.
1. Re-Fresh Your Fridge
Mass-produced snacks typically come with inherent problems. They tend to contain too much added sugar, salt, and trans fats. Since the Boulder County Farmers Markets are easy to get to, this is the perfect time to introduce your kids to the delights of fresh produce. Anything you can get there can be turned into a wonderful snack for your children.
2. Make Sure You Pass The Acid Test
Most sodas contain either phosphoric acid, citric acid, or other acids. While there’s no denying that these acids can add to the overall taste of the sodas, they can also damage the enamel that surrounds and protects your children’s teeth. That happens through a process called demineralization. By limiting summer soda consumption, you’ll be lowering their risk of developing cavities in the fall!
3. Skip The Coat
Oral bacteria feeds on the sugars in our foods and drinks to create a thin, sticky film called dental plaque. That’s problematic but normal. However, snack foods that coat the teeth (like candy) prevent saliva and beverages from washing that bacteria off the teeth, allowing more and more plaque to form. That’s extremely bad because plaque can lead to gum disease and other such problems.
4. Minimize Sugar
For a variety of reasons, including what we just said about plaque, you’ll want to keep sugar intake to a minimum. One of the biggest culprits in the summer is cereal. Try to do better than that when it is time for snacks!
5. Keep The Water Coming
Water is so good for you in so many ways. Here’s something to think about: when the body becomes dehydrated, saliva production decreases. Bacteria will then have a greater chance to wreak havoc in your child’s mouth. Dry mouth is actually linked to cavities and gum disease. Drink up!
6. Go See The Dentist
We’re partial to this tip, and for good reason. Summer may be the best chance for your children to have their six month dental cleaning and oral exam. It’s important to their dental health to keep those appointments so that Dr. Wallin can detect and prevent problems with their teeth and gums.