Are "Healthy" Drinks a Danger to Teeth?
You do everything possible to provide for your kids. But what about when there isn't an option that will work with both their desires and with their health? Kids can be persistent when they light upon something they want - especially if they’re denied it outright. When your kids are craving a sweet treat, what’s a parent to do? You know that soda is a bad idea, both for teeth and for overall health, but when alternatives like smoothies are just as sugary, it can feel like you’re backed into a corner.
Fortunately, not all sugary snacks are created equal. There are always options that will fulfill your children's cravings but still leave them with bright, healthy smiles. Here’s how to find out what you should be putting in your grocery list and what you should be leaving behind at the store. If you ever have questions about how to feed your family, just get in touch with our office to learn more about tooth- and body-healthy foods.
Tooth Friendly Snacks for Kids and Adults
Children aren't the only ones who crave unhealthy treats now and then. If you've been struggling to eat better in the office or at home planning ahead will help you avoid a sudden crash and grabbing fast food or other momentarily satisfying snacks.
In our time as dental professionals we've seen a lot of food and drink options and seen their ultimate results on oral health. Remember that sugar isn't the only enemy - foods and drinks high in acidity are just as bad (if not worse). This is why soda is a nemesis for healthy enamel: because it's both sweet and acidic. In addition to soft drinks, here are the top bad guys.
Smoothies - Although fruit is great for your body in whole form, when it's blended into a drink, it's typically sweeter and affects the body differently. Studies have shown that smoothies contain over 2.5 tsps of free sugars, which are dangerous for teeth.
Citrus fruit juice - Oranges, lemons, and limes are acidic and their juices have added sugars, making them a double threat to your enamel.
Dried fruit - While dried fruit might seem healthier than candy, it can have a sugar content that's just as high. Anything that sticks to your teeth is espeically harmful for your enamel, since it remains pressed against the teeth.
Potato chips - If you're snacking on chips during the day, it might be time to find a new appetite suppressant. The starches in chips give rise to harmful acids in the mouth, and also tend to get trapped against your teeth.
Anything too crunchy for teeth - If you have a habit of chewing on ice or other items not meant for teeth, you should try to keep that in check - this can lead to chips, cracks, or breaks.