|Each time you eat a snack containing sugar or starch (carbohydrates), the resulting acid attack on your teeth can last up to 30 minutes, and a lot of snacks and drinks contain sugar. How much sugar? A single can of pop contains up to 10 teaspoons of sugar, and if you think that natural sugar (like the sugar in juice, raisins or other dried fruit) is better for your teeth it’s not.
Sugar is sugar! Soda, juice, candy, dried fruit…….
Beat the Clock – foods that are eaten during a meal usually pose less of a threat to teeth because of the additional saliva produced during mealtime eating. Saliva helps to wash food particles from your mouth and lessen the damage from acid. Grazing on snack foods like goldfish, graham crackers, and ‘fruit’ gummies means the mouth is constantly under attack. Give your mouth a break and drink only water between meals. Sugarless gum or mints will also return your mouth to a healthy pH.
Brush & floss those teeth – toothbrushing is important, and you should brush twice a day. Did you know that if you don’t floss, you miss cleaning up to 35% of each tooth? Kids need grown ups to help position the floss between molars. Flossing after brushing at night will push the toothpaste into the right spot! If you’re not sure how to floss, just ask!
Stock up on Dairy Products – yogurt and cheese, milk and milk products contain things that are good for your teeth. Everything that’s made from milk is a good source of calcium – an essential nutrient for the development of bones and teeth. Some scientific studies have shown that eating cheese actually helps to protect your teeth from cavities by preventing something called demineralization (the loss of important calcium in your teeth).