The Best and Worst Drinks for Your Child’s Teeth
In the US, the average daily sugar consumption weighs in at a whopping 88 grams (picture a pile of about 30 sugar cubes). The recommended daily intake of sugars, on the other hand, is between 24 and 36 depending on factors such as gender. That means a 12-ounce can of cola exceeds the recommended limit all by itself (39 grams). Here are examples of some drinks that will help your child’s teeth and some sugary beverages that can result in rapid tooth decay.
Say Yes to These Drinks
Water is the best drink for healthy teeth. It actually helps to balance out the pH level in the mouth. While the acidic conditions caused by sugar cause mouth bacteria to thrive, water can help bring the pH back to neutral. Unfortunately, it can take over 30 glasses of water to counteract one 12-ounce can of soda, so while water is good for teeth, it’s not a miracle fix for sugary drinks.
Milk is also great for teeth. It has the calcium needed to help develop strong tooth enamel to fight against cavities. Calcium is also vital for bone growth and plays a role in jaw development.
Must Avoid Drinks for Children
It can be tough to say no to soft drinks, but we’ve already covered just how much sugar is contained in a single can of cola and how much water is required to offset the damage. As a result, soda should be a rare treat if it is offered at all. Be careful also with natural and sweetened fruit juices as well as sports drinks. Many of these contain just as much sugar as a typical soda.
It may be challenging to keep your child’s teeth healthy when they see other kids eating and drinking whatever they can’t have. BRSH+FLSS is always here to help with tips for keeping your kids teeth healthy.
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