Tuesday, March 8, 2011
More than half of all second graders have cavities! More than 40% of children have some tooth decay by age 5. Baby teeth are vulnerable to decay from the moment they appear. Why is tooth decay in young children on the rise and more importantly, how can you protect your child's teeth?
No shocker that sugar is the main culprit! Sugar occurs in almost everything children eat these days, whether it's naturally occuring or added. Soda is one of the worst dental offenders. One can of soda has the equivelant of 10+ teaspoons of sugar... a cavity in a can. To help offset this problem, minimize the amount of processed sugar they eat. Serve nuts, seeds, fruits & veggies.
A natural sweetener? Xylitol is a natural sweetener that may help strengthen teeth! Scientific studies show that xylitol not only prevents cavities, it also repairs dental enamel and reduces the formation of plaque around teeth. Look for it as an ingredient in toothpaste, gum and mints.
Brusha, brusha, brusha! Have those tykes brush regularly; at least two times a day with a properly sized soft-bristle toothbrush.
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article adapted from taste for life