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Tips for good snacking habits
When you serve the occasional sweets, try to combine it with meals. Increased salivary flow during meals aids in neutralizing the damaging effects of sugar. Avoid soft, sticky sweets which remain on and between the tooth surfaces (Le, Toffee). Sticky foods that are retained in the mouth longer give bacteria additional time to dine; as a result, they produce more cavity-forming acid. If you can’t brush after every snack and/ or meal; at least try to rinse for a few seconds with water. The key is to cut down on the acidity of the mouth.
Avoid giving your child foods rich in sugar that stay in the mouth and prolong the acid attack (Le, hard candy, lollipops, and gum). Instead try offering snacks which are low in sugar. By offering your child a variety of foods such as grains, milk and milk products, meat, vegetables and fruits you can often avoid having them develop a “sweet tooth”. It’s Not How Much Sweets You Eat, But How Often You Eat Them. They have a mid-morning snack, an afternoon snack, an after school snack, a before dinner snack and a just because snack. We feed the bacteria in our mouths every time we eat carbohydrates. Decay occurs as a result of the frequency and duration of sugars. Bacteria use the plaque and food debris remaining on your teeth to grow, replicate and produce decay-causing acid. The longer the food (candy, carbohydrates etc) is in contact with your teeth, the more acid id produced and the likely you are to develop a cavity. Sure, taking an hour and a half to finish the candy bar will definitely do little for your teeth.
But, it’s usually not so much the candy that’s damaging your kid’s teeth as the sticky carbohydrates, such as potato chips and cereals. Frequent snacking increases a child’s risk of getting cavities. The frequency of snacks will increase the risk of getting cavities more than the amount eaten at one sitting. The consistency of the snacks increases the risk of getting cavities more than the amount eaten. As long as they’re able to brush afterwards, there’s not much harm in allowing children to snack on the occasional treat. Many of the foods we eat – including some of the most valuable foods from the point of nutrition – provide nourishment for oral bacteria. They, in turn, secrete acids that erode enamel & lead to cavities.
  The Dentist choice:
Egg, Cheese, Meat, Milk, Nuts and seeds, Plain popcorn, Plain Yogurt, Tossed salads, Vegetables, Whole – Wheat bread, Whole grain cereal.
The Bacteria choice:
Cookies, candy, Chocolate, Cake, fast foods, Jam, Presweetened cereals, Soda.
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