Not only is fruit delicious, but it is packed full of important vitamins and nutrients. Kids and adults alike love to eat fruit. However, there is a downside to fruit. It can be damaging to your teeth if you’re not careful. So, should you be letting your child snack on fruit? Absolutely! It is great healthy snack and an excellent alternative to other sweets like candy. You do need to be careful, however. Here are some tricks that you can employ to ensure that you can protect your child’s teeth.
Avoid Acidic Fruits
While the sugar in all fruits isn’t good for your teeth, some fruits are definitely worse for your teeth than others. Fruits like oranges, pineapple, and lemons are highly acidic and can cause enamel erosion. This isn’t to say that you should never eat these fruits. You should, however, limit the amount of this kind of fruit that you consume.
If you do eat something acidic, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water immediately after you’ve finished eating. This will help eliminate some of the acidity and protect your enamel.
Stay Away From Juice
The problem with juice is that it is pure sugar. Even with freshly squeezed juice, you’ve eliminated most of the good fiber, and all that’s left is sugary juice. If you are going to drink juice, make sure to drink it through a reusable straw to minimize the contact that the acid and sugar have with your teeth. After you’re done drinking, always take the time to brush your teeth to remove the sugar and present erosion.
Always Brush Your Teeth
Having your children regularly brush their teeth and floss is a great way to ensure that their teeth stay healthy and strong. Your child should be brushing their teeth at least twice a day — once in the morning and once at night. When they brush their teeth, they should brush for about 2 minutes and concentrate on the back molars. Making sure you take the time to educate your children on correct brushing and flossing methods will help prevent cavities and enamel erosion in the future. Meeting with a pediatric dentist is a great way for your child to learn all about this!
Visit a Pediatric Dentist Like Dr. Scott
Of course, the very best way to avoid enamel erosion on your children’s teeth is to set them up with regular visits to their pediatric dentist. Visiting your pediatric dentist will also ensure that you catch any issues early enough to do something about it. Pediatric dentists are experts when it comes to children’s teeth, and they will be able to educate both you and your child on proper dental care. When you come to Parkcrest and meet with Dr. Scott, you’ll be meeting with a pediatric dentist who prioritizes your child’s comfort and education. Contact us today to set up an appointment!