Oral health is vital to overall health. Often, many people believe that cavities are caused by too much sugar or not brushing your teeth twice a day. While doing these things isn’t good for oral health, Dr. Glassman, a New York City dentist, has quite a bit more information on how to prevent cavities in your children.
First, cavities are actually teeth soften and rotting away slowly over time. This softening occurs from acids in the food we eat. Just because you aren’t eating something that you know to be acidic doesn’t mean that the types of foods, especially sugars, aren’t turning into acids that weaken your teeth while you eat. Teeth will re harden once they are given time to do so after eating. This is why it’s important to wait, and have your children wait, at least 30 minutes after consuming any food or beverage before brushing teeth because the teeth will have weakened while eating, and brushing right away will remove even more helpful minerals.
Another thing many people don’t realize is that if your child tends to snack through out the day instead of eating set meals then their teeth won’t have time to replace the lost minerals and harden up again. It’s better to set times to eat and have them brush their teeth 30 minutes later.
Sugars turn to acids that are harmful to teeth while they are being chewed. This is why it’s important to make sure your children don’t consume too much sugar through out the day. It’s fine in moderation though.
If you follow these simple steps then you will help form healthy habits for your children and prevent cavities as well.