Keep Your Kids Cavity-free
Here are some school-meal and snacking advice
to help protect your children from tooth decay-the single most
common chronic childhood illness, affecting more than half of
children aged 5 to 17 years.
It is clear that junk foods and drinks
gradually have replaced nutritious beverages and foods for many
According to American Dental Association (ADA) consumer advisor.
"Dentists have a saying, 'Snack and sip all
day, risk decay.' Constantly bathing the teeth in sweetened
beverages and unhealthy snacks is like providing an
all-you-can-eat buffet for the bacteria in your mouth-the
bacteria that cause tooth decay,"
American Dental Association (ADA) consumer advisor says.
The ADA offers some advice for parents on how
to reduce children’s tooth decay:
1. Sugary foods and drinks consumed as part of
a meal are less harmful than when they're consumed as a snack.
That's because saliva production increases during meals and
helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from
2. Limit between-meal snacks. Choose
nutritious foods for snacks and consider chewing sugarless gum
after a snack. Sugarless gum increases saliva flow, which helps
wash out food and acid that cause tooth decay.
3. Fluoridated water can help prevent tooth
4. Brush teeth twice daily with fluoride
toothpaste and floss daily.
5. Encourage YOUI'
children to eat more fruits and vegetables, less sweets.