February at A Perfect Smile in Falmouth, ME is the perfect time of year to celebrate an important relationship.
It’s Children’s Dental Health Month and Valentine’s Day!
In that spirit, we’re talking about sugar and your family’s teeth. Dr. Nelson and our team want to make sure you’re not alone in the fight against tooth decay.
So we’re sharing ways to enjoy the holiday without letting sugar make your family’s Valentine’s Day smiles bittersweet!
The Bittersweet Truth About Sugar!
Oh, the wretched luck! How can something so deliciously sweet be such a bitter enemy of your teeth?!
You’ve probably asked yourself this question before since you’ve been hearing about how sugar is bad for your teeth since childhood.
Now that it’s your turn to teach your kids about the effects of sugar on their teeth, we’re breaking it down into three simple steps you can use to illustrate how it all happens!
First Comes Dehydration…
Sugar, as delightfully sweet as it can be, is no friend to your mouth. When you take in sugar, the dehydration process begins. It’s why you never feel quite as satiated when you drink fruit juice, sports drinks, and sodas. They’re not designed to quench your thirst!
They’re made to do the exact opposite so you’ll keep going back for more!
Dehydration slows your saliva production, which means you won’t have enough to protect your tooth enamel. The minerals in your saliva, including calcium, coat your teeth and gums and actually serve to strengthen them. Naturally, it’s understandable why you want to keep the saliva flowing!
Then The Attack On Enamel Begins….
Saliva is your tooth enamel’s best natural defense against acid erosion. When you’re not making enough saliva, there is no coating of protection on your teeth.
That’s like the battle cry for bacteria to begin their ravenous descent on sugar in your mouth. The feeding frenzy creates harmful acids that begin their assault on your teeth.
Now Tooth Decay Can Take Hold…
Once your tooth enamel has been compromised, teeth can begin to decay. Further, the delicate tissues inside your teeth are vulnerable to bacteria and infection.
It Doesn’t Take Sugar To Be A Sweetheart!
This is actually the perfect time to stir up your child’s imagination. Holidays like Valentine’s Day open the door for discussion with your family about sugar and tooth decay.
You can take advantage of this teachable moment with your kids by talking about ways to show others you care without relying on sugary sweets.
Here are some ways kids can show love and kindness that won’t lead to tooth decay!
*Give lots of hugs!
*Share their favorite toys during playtime!
*Help clean up around the house!
*Say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’!
*Be brave enough to apologize!
It’s not fun to say no to your kids, especially when it comes to candy. After all, it’s delicious! But it’s our responsibility to fight the good fight against tooth decay. That’s why we’re sharing these tips so you can, perhaps, refocus their attention on other ways to be sweet on Valentine’s Day, and every day!
Visit Us After Valentine’s Day!
We know how full your plate is as a parent. It’s hard enough to find order in the daily chaos of school lunches, traffic jams, homework, dinner, and one practice after another.
The added responsibility of monitoring your child’s sugar intake and making sure they’re brushing and flossing is just another piece of the ongoing, exhausting quest to keep your kids healthy.
Fortunately, you don’t have to do it all by yourself!
You have Dr. Nelson and our team at A Perfect Smile to support your efforts to have a family of healthy smiles. With routine professional cleanings and exams, we can catch tooth decay early enough to keep it from turning your smile bittersweet.
Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with us in Falmouth, ME. Schedule your family’s next dental check-up so we can make sure all your little sweethearts have strong teeth and gums!