A Family Dentist’s List of 9 Foods That Can Harm Your Children’s Teeth

Posted on: December 18, 2015


As a Huntington Beach family dentist, we are focused on preventative care and helping our patients to maintain healthy teeth for a lifetime.  When you visit our 92647 children’s dentist office, we will show you how to brush and floss properly, encourage your children to do the same and discuss what you should or should not eat to maintain strong and healthy teeth.  To schedule an appointment for a consultation or preventative care, call (714) 893-8517.

Here is a Family Dentist’s List of 9 Foods That Can Harm Your Children’s Teeth

  1. Sour candy. All candy is bad for your teeth because sugar can increase the production of plaque and plaque can secrete acid that will attack the teeth, leading to cavities.  Sour candy is particularly bad for the teeth because it is not only full of sugar but is also acidic.  The acid and sugar combination can lead to cavities faster than most any other food or snack.
  2. Chips and crackers.  Processed carbohydrates can lead to an increased production in plaque.  Just feel your teeth after snacking on chips and you may sense the filmy residue that is indicative of plaque. Be sure to limit how much of this type of snack you give your child and pass them a string cheese instead.
  3. Juice.  If you want to give your child something to drink, go for water.  Juice can be full of sugar and often has a low pH level which means that it is highly acidic. If you and your family enjoy drinking juice, try V8 instead since it tends to be full of vegetables and less acidic.
  4. Milk at bedtime.  Milk is generally good for the teeth because it is full of calcium.  However, milk is also full of sugar.  Many parents make the mistake of giving their young children milk after brushing their teeth.  Taking a bottle or cup of milk to bed can lead to baby bottle tooth decay and a lot of cavities.
  5. Soda.  Full of sugar and extremely acidic, soda has a pH level that is closer to battery acid than water.  Avoid it.
  6. Dried fruit.  Sticky, dry fruit can become trapped on your teeth and is difficult to get off.  The sugar in it can then increase the risk of developing cavities.
  7. Lemons and limes.  Anything that is highly acidic should be avoided or used in limited quantities – including lemons and limes.  Never put them directly onto the teeth or have your child suck on them.
  8. Chewy vitamins.  Just like dried fruit, a chewy vitamin is full of sugar and will stick to the teeth.  Give them chewable vitamins that are not sticky or gummies.
  9. Ice.  While not technically a food, many people chew on ice and this is incredibly dangerous for the teeth.  Ice can chip off the enamel, expose the dentin, and make teeth sensitive.

If you want to learn more about foods that can harm or help your child’s teeth, call (714) 893-8517 and schedule an appointment with our Huntington Beach, CA children’s dentist office.  As a 92647 family dentist, we will do what we can to keep your family in excellent oral health. 

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