Little Pilgrim reports no cavities from her holiday!
Watch Out for Sugar Bugs! As parents, we must watch the sugar and limit children’s snacks. But this is a daunting task during holiday feast time.
One: The Snack Rule of Three! Try to set a rule: Three times a day are really enough for snack-times.
Remember also that some healthy snacks are very appealing to children!
Two: Otherwise, make a sweet treat into part of the meal experience with miniature deserts.
This has a two-fold benefit: A. First, the children will eat less desert because the meal has dulled their appetite.
B. They are more likely to brush their teeth after a meal than after a little snack
Three: Teeth Love Water! Who knew? In fact, your whole body craves water! So let’s try to drink more water with our holiday meals. You’ll be surprised at how much better the food will taste! This is good for adults as well as children!
Four: What’s worse than sugar? Wet, Fizzy, Extra sticky, liquid Sugar! …in carbonated sugary drinks!
Oddly enough, we are discovering that some sugary carbonated drinks erode enamel as badly as candy and cookies.
We Interrupt this List to Bring You a Special Thanksgiving Celebration Alert!
Please try to avoid those sugary carbonated drinks—You know the ones we mean. However, if you just must indulge in such a drink, experts tell us,
“Use a straw for sugary drinks.” “Directing sugary fluid away from your teeth minimizes its impact while still allowing you to enjoy the taste of the drink.”
By the way, carbonated sugary drinks have been proven to erode teeth even more than sugary juice-style drinks, which we also want you to avoid.
Five: Starches Gone Wild! Remember that starches can lead to bad cavities just like sugar. Bread, crackers, potato-chips! This is a texture-related issue, as much as it is chemical.
You see, it actually takes longer to clean and clear starches from the mouth than simple sugars.
A Thanksgiving Note On Starch: This does not mean you should replace mashed potatoes with ice cream. But it does mean that nobody really needs three dinner rolls!
Six: Shocking Secrets About that Cheese Course: Did you know that cheeses like mozzarella, aged cheddar and Monterey-Jack can help your teeth? They make an excellent last course to a meal because they clear the mouth and teeth of food particles. Such cheeses also neutralize the acids that attack teeth.