Do your children enjoy indulging in sugar sweets or foods high in starch during snack time? Have you considered what the foods your children consume can do to their oral health? Many are aware that poor nutrition can affect one’s overall physical wellness but did you ever wonder how it contributes specifically to their smile?
There’s nothing wrong with having sugar in moderation, but a frequent amount of consumption can lead to oral health problems. The candy consumed by your children is typically high in sugar, which can contribute to tooth decay. Why do these snacks have such a negative impact on your child’s oral health? The sugar consumed attracts the bacteria in your mouth and is then turned into acid that creates cavities. According to ADA , candy is amongst one of the highest sources of added sugars with 6.1%. Other sugary sweets that made the list include dairy-based desserts (ice-cream) with 6.5% and grain based desserts (cakes and pies) with an astounding 12.9%!
What’s the harm in starch? There are many foods that contain a high amount of starch including breads, potatoes, rice and pastas. However when it comes to snacking, your child is most likely to get their starch intake from potato chips. Like the previous foods listed, potato chips are high in starch and can get trapped in between your teeth. Your children may love the crunch and saltiness of a potato chip, but the tasty snack can lead to plaque build-up if the particles aren’t removed in a timely matter.
Here are some simple tips to keep in mind during snack time!
- Reduce the amount of sweets consumed in between meals.
- Try to have your children eat a nutritious snack that is low in sugar!
- The ADA recommends cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables or nuts as a healthy snack! Happy snacking!