Sipping, Snacking and Tooth Decay
Many parents across the country will issue a common refrain at dinnertime tonight: ―You’d better eat that–it’s good for you! There’s another old favorite in the parental arsenal of dietary admonitions: ―Don’t eat that—it’ll rot your teeth!‖
Now more than ever, kids are faced with a bewildering array of food choices — from fresh produce to sugar-laden processed convenience meals and snack foods. What children eat and when they eat it may affect not only their general health but also their oral health. Americans are consuming foods and drinks high in sugar and starches more often and in larger portions than ever before. It’s clear that ―junk foods and drinks gradually have replaced nutritious beverages and foods for many people. For example, the average teenage boy in the U.S. consumes 81 gallons of soft drinks each year! Alarmingly, a steady diet of sugary foods and drinks can ruin teeth, especially among those who snack throughout the day.
Reduce your children’s risk of tooth decay:
For more information on children’s oral health visit the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygience website at DHMH Office of Oral Health Link