3 Steps to Healthy Teeth

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Halloween is around the corner, and we all know what that means for parents with kids… bags of candy! Candy is a huge culprit when it comes to tooth decay. But so are soda, potato chips and even raisins!

So although it is obviously best to avoid consuming sugar-laden food, realistically, kids will probably have a few pieces.

Here are some tips to keeping your little ones’ chompers strong and cavity-free.

1. Reduce bacteria in the mouth. Since bacteria is what causes cavities and dental decay in the first place, it makes sense to try to keep it at bay. Bacteria feeds in acidic environments and it thrives on sugar… even natural sugar. So cutting back on these kinds of foods will help the mouth not to be such a prime environment for bacteria to reside. Another way to help with this is to sip on water or swish with water while you are eating, so food has less chance to stick to the teeth. 

2. Keep teeth clean and plaque-free. Since bacteria stick to teeth via plaque, it makes sense to try to keep plaque off the teeth. The best way to do this is by brushing. It’s recommended that you and your kids brush twice a day, but after every meal is really ideal, as it will get leftover food out of the mouth and remove plaque from the teeth. Using a xylitol-based toothpaste adds extra protection, as it can help prevent cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to teeth. Don’t forget to floss, too!

3. Supplement with calcium and vitamin D. It is best (especially for kids) to try and get these nutrients in their diets, but if their diet is lacking, supplementing is a good option. Studies have shown that calcium and vitamin D help prevent tooth decay.

If you need to supplement, contact Village Green Apothecary for recommendations. Have a happy and safe Halloween!

 

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