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Sticky Cavity Causing Foods and Snacks

What type of foods can cause cavities in children?

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What type of foods can cause cavities in children?

Parents often ask about snack foods that can cause cavities in children. Candy is notorious as a “cavity-causing food”, but other snack foods which are sometimes considered “healthy” snack options such as dry fruit, cereal, gummy vitamins, or organic fruit snacks can also be very damaging to the teeth. These sticky foods stay in those deep grooves of our teeth even after rinsing, and sometimes brushing! This is another reason why a sealant can be protective. A sealant is a thin material which is placed in the grooves of the teeth to help flatten the surface of the tooth, so food doesn’t stick so easily to the tooth.

Here is an excellent infographic from Artic Dental, which illustrates visually just how different snack foods can stick to the grooves of our teeth and give the bacteria that cause cavities the perfect substrate to make acid and decay our teeth.

What type of foods are a better snack option?

1. Fresh fruit/vegetables- a great source of vitamins, fiber.

2. Milk/dairy products like string cheese – great source of calcium, helps to stimulate saliva.

3. Water instead of sports drinks, juices(even homemade ones)- great to help wash out to mouth from food particles.

Infographic provided by Arctic

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5 Best Pediatric Orthodontic Treatments

Pediatric orthodontic treatments are quite popular nowadays in the United States. Nearly 3.9 million kids are having such treatments for fixing teeth misalignment or replacing crooked/lost teeth.

 Kids mostly inherit orthodontic problems and sometimes develop these by doing things like- poor dental hygiene, losing baby teeth without maintaining any synchronization, thumb or finger sucking, poor nutrition, having accidents, mouth breathing and abnormal swallowing. 

 Your kids can also get pediatric orthodontic treatments done to have perfectly aligned teeth and jaw, which will help them to have a healthy mouth as well as functional bite. Also, treating early always means treating with less difficulty and complications.  

In modern dentistry, orthodontics has developed a lot and there are multiple options available for children. The 5 most common pediatric orthodontic treatments are discussed briefly below to give you an idea. 

The following treatments are discussed in this blog-

Traditional Full Braces.

Retainers. 

Veneers. 

Space maintainers.

Bionators.

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