Jared R. Anderson, DDS
A lot of us recall being told that candy has been the mortal enemy of our teeth. If we eat candy all the time, we will have a mouth full of cavities. The fact is, however, that candy may not be as serious at causing cavities. Other healthy foods are just as bad as candy. We've always heard that candy is not teeth friendly. Parents often give their children healthy foods to eat, but healthy food can be just as bad as candy if you do not brush afterwards.
Cavities are caused by bacteria which live within our mouths. These bacteria spread while chewing food and is then left on teeth after meals. The bacteria create acid as a side effect of their feasting. This acid attacks the tooth enamel and creates cavities. Amazingly, bacteria can use other foods just as efficiently as they can use candy to create this cavity-causing acid.
The fact is any food which contains carbohydrates can be used by bacteria. This includes foods such as potato chips, crackers, and breads as well as some fruits, peanut butter, and pastas. Many snacks that we often think that are healthy for us can actually be very damaging to our teeth. These foods tend to stick in between the teeth and provide a constant source of carbohydrates for bacteria to create the acids, and is harmful to the teeth. Some sticky foods such as peanut butter, raisins, and fruit leather are examples of foods that can get stuck between the teeth providing a long term feast for bacteria.
So, if candy is no worse at causing cavities than other foods, Why the bad rap when it comes to candy?
One thought may be that candy still provides the body with sugar which is an energy source, but it does not provide us with other nutrients important to the proper growth of young bodies. By eating it constantly, candy does not provide the needed proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and vitals.
So if you are allowing your children to have candy, here are some of the things which you can do to ensure that your kids enjoy sugary sweets without getting a mouthful of cavities.
Brushing is the key to moderation and balance. Just as any substance that is eaten in excess can lead to problems, eating too much candy will also lead to dental problems. Make sure your children are in the habit of brushing their teeth right after eating candy. The tooth brushing is also needed after they eat other in between-meal snacks.
Another different and best way to reduce your child's desire for candy is to provide other foods as snacks such as fruits, nuts, and yogurt, cheese and more. Just remember that kids need to brush after eating these snacks as well in order to prevent cavities.With a little education, a little moderation, and proper brushing after eating meals or snacks, your children can enjoy candy without ruining their teeth!
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