This article is Part 2 of a three-part series about the National Children's Dental Health Month.
Parents want to be able to provide their children with the best nutrition so that they can grow and develop into healthy, strong individuals. So, we provide our kids with a variety of foods and drinks that are traditionally known to be helpful in delivering the nutrients that their young bodies and minds need.
Drinking certain beverages, are an easy way to get vital vitamins, minerals, and other healthful nutrients into the body. However, parents need to be mindful of the fact that some drinks are healthier than others, and that while some may have verbiage on the label claiming to deliver healthy benefits, they may not offer much nutritive value at all — and they may even cause damage to their child's body, particularly their teeth.
To serve as a guide for parents everywhere, provide below is a list of the best and worst drinks for kids' teeth.
The best drinks to serve your kid for better dental health
Milk remains the top option when it comes to maintaining strong and healthy teeth. It contains calcium and vitamin D which keep the teeth healthy and strong. Also, proteins found in milk called caseins help prevent tooth decay by creating a protective film around a tooth's enamel.
Mineral water, as its name suggests, boasts of a high mineral content as well as calcium phosphate. Both of these work to rebuild tooth enamel.
Tap water comes closely after mineral water. As plain as it may seem, tap water is still the best beverage choice for keeping the body as well as the teeth healthy. Water rinses away leftover food particles from between the teeth. And if the water contains fluoride, then it works to reduce tooth decay and prevent cavities as well. Depending on where you live, you may not want to drink the tap
The worst drinks for kids' teeth
Soda. It's readily available, refreshing (especially when ice-cold) and sweet, but soda is the biggest offender when it comes to being bad for a person's teeth. Its high sugar content can cause cavities, its acid content can destroy tooth enamel, and its caramel food coloring can cause stains on teeth. It doesn't matter if it's diet or regular — soda is harmful to the teeth, period.
If your child cannot avoid drinking soda, make sure that he
Fruit juices. Most people think that fruit juices are healthy and harmless since they come from fruits, which are natural foods. However, these juices also have a high sugar content which is harmful to the teeth. In addition, the citrusy variants (such as orange and lime juices) are highly acidic and can wear down enamel as time passes.
Bottled water. Bottled water is not inherently evil, but it's worth noting that it’s not as good for the teeth as tap water is since bottled water has had the beneficial fluoride removed. Although water is always a better choice than most other options, so drink up!
In celebration of the National Children's Dental Health Month, we at Dental Reflections Dublin have become inspired to give back to the Dublin, Ohio community. As such, we will be hosting a free dental care day for kids 4 to 12 years old next week 2.22.17. Visit our Facebook Page to learn more.
We hope that parents and kids will learn plenty of helpful information about keeping their teeth healthy during this event. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a seasoned dentist in Dublin, Ohio. We will be happy to check your insurance and provide you with the excellent dental care you deserve.