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Snacks and your Oral Health

Snacks and your Oral Health

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How do caries (also known as "cavities") form? If you have the right ingredients, consisting of bacteria, your teeth, carbohydrates and time, you will eventually form caries. Here are some helpful tips from Your Oral Health to help prevent future caries from developing:

  • When reaching for a snack, go for the nuts, cheese, plain yogurt and popcorn.
  • Reduce the consumption of carbonated soft drinks, orange juice and lemonade as their acidic nature demineralizes your teeth making them more susceptible to cavities and sensitivity.
  • If you really want to have that acidic or sweet food and drink, try to have it with your meal when your mouth contains more saliva rather than between meals when your mouth contains less saliva.
  • Using a straw when drinking soft drinks helps to reduce the amount of liquid that touches the teeth.
  • Avoid eating toffee and hard candy as they stick to your teeth and take a long time to dissolve.

Caring for Your Baby's Teeth and Oral Health

Caring for Your Baby's Teeth and Oral Health

In 2005, the WRHA created a series of easy-to-read pamphlets on preventing tooth decay for children of different ages. They offer a number of good tips on how to care for children’s teeth, and they break their tips up by age category. Here are some of the tips they offer, with links to the pamphlets:

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Sippy Cup Tips

Sippy Cup Tips

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry published an article in 2007 on using "sippy cups" for children. The advice in this article on keeping children's teeth healthy is important for parents everywhere!

  • Childhood caries (or "cavities") are becoming more and more common. One of the main causes is frequent exposure to sugared beverages for extended periods of time.
  • A sippy cup is a transitional tool for your child when switching from a bottle to a regular cup. It must only be used for a short period.
  • The only beverage recommended for use in a sippy cup is water. If you use sugared beverages, limit them to mealtimes and start gradually diluting the beverage until the child gets used to pure water.
  • This is especially important at bedtime, since prolonged exposure to sweet beverages at night can cause extra tooth decay.