While there’s nothing wrong with a sweet treat every once in a while, too much sugar can have a negative effect on your little one’s teeth. Continue reading to learn more about how sugar affects baby teeth.
Why is Sugar Bad for the Baby Teeth?
The inside of the mouth is home to naturally-occuring bacteria. These bacteria feed off of the sugars in the foods and beverages that we consume, and once the bacteria start to multiply, they stick to the teeth in the form of a filmy substance known as plaque.
If plaque is allowed to rest on the teeth, it hardens into a rock-hard substance known as tartar, which can only be professionally removed by a dental hygienist.
Over time as it multiplies, the harmful bacteria produces acids that breaks down the protective layer of enamel, causing decay.
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Consuming foods that are high in sugar content supplies the bacteria with the fuel it needs to multiply and grow, creating a dangerous environment inside the mouth and dramatically increasing the chances of cavities.
Food and Drinks to Avoid
Foods and beverages that have a high sugar content greatly increase your little one’s chance of developing cavities include:
- Sugary cereals
Providing your child with healthy low-sugar alternatives gives them the fuel they need without causing harm to their teeth.
Keep your child’s diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and dairy products for healthy, happy baby teeth.