Why Sugar Is So Bad ForYour Kids
“A spoon full of sugar may help the medicine go down, go down”- it is true in the beautiful make-belief world of the movie, but, in reality, too much intake of sugary food enhances the risk of cavities. Children are very picky about their food. All taste buds do not develop properly and for this reason, kids do not like other major tastes - bitter, sour, hot, or bland. Their only favorite taste is sweet and they can even sustain on only sweet foods like chocolate, candy, cakes, sweet drinks, ice cream, and so on. The list is long. Sugar is also hidden in other foods like ketchup, fruit-flavored yogurt, spaghetti sauce, granola bars, canned soup, etc. Caretakers in a Childcare in Rancho Palos Verdes CA think that there is nothing wrong with an occasional indulgence in sugary sweetness. The school itself give their students sweet treat to celebrate a birthday, children’s day, or other happy events.
In a Montessori Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, once a pediatric in his speech delivered in a meeting told that according to American Heart Association a child as well as a teenager does not need more than 25 grams of sugar per day and exceeding this limit of sugar intake may harm oral health. In reality, children consume much more sugar than the given amount as most of the foods we take contain sugar more or less.
We all know that consuming too much sugar can lead to tooth decay. A dentist in a primary school in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA explained how it happens. He says everyone has bacteria in their mouth. To survive, the bacteria feed on sugars found on teeth. This sugar comes from the breakdown of starchy and sugary food like sweet drinks, soda, chocolate, etc. Bacteria produce acidic waste, which causes tooth decay and cavities. The acids created by bacteria in the mouth dissolve the minerals and make tooth enamels weak. This enamel is an outer layer protecting part of the teeth. Coming in contact with acid makes enamel brittle and porous. Tiny holes start to create, become large and create the cavity. If the cavities are not treated at the primary stage, they will go down layer gradually and will create pain and the ultimate result is tooth loss.
According to most of the pediatric dentists in the US, good oral hygiene along with low sugar intake can save your child’s tooth. Encourage your children to eat a variety of foods other than sweet foods. Be sure that he or she practices good oral hygiene on a daily basis. Encourage them to rinse their teeth with plain water after taking any type of food sweet or not sweet. Be sure that they brush their teeth at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. You will get various children’s toothpaste in the market that is fluoride-based. Teach your children the right brushing technique so that they will be able to remove even the minute residue of the food from the tooth corner.