PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 31, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- During the summer, kids are out of school and families are busy; therefore, dental professional Warren Melamed
cautions parents about letting their children eat too many sweets. The change in schedule can throw children off of their normal routine and brushing may become more relaxed. Add to this extra snacks or sweets from social gatherings or as a treat, and it can lead to an increased risk of cavities. A recent article
in the Seattle Times reveals some common causes of tooth decay in children.
Limiting foods that are high in sugar or starch can benefit dental health. The mouth is naturally filled with bacteria, and bacteria feeds on sugar. The sugar is then turned into acid that can eat away at the enamel on the teeth, causing cavities. When sugary foods are eaten and teeth are not brushed, the sugar is allowed to linger and plaque builds. Foods that are sticky also attach to teeth and leave a residue behind. Skittles, Starburst, gummy candies, and dried fruits are sticky and sugary. Furthermore, gummy vitamins also contain sugar and after given to children, parents should ensure proper brushing to remove any excess.
Sipping on soda or juice throughout the day or sucking on lollipops or other hard candies can also expose the teeth to more sugar. In addition, soda is acidic, and this can also lead to the deterioration of enamel. Other acidic foods include tomatoes and citrus fruits. Because starch turns into sugar, making sure to brush after eating starchy foods is equally as important. Foods such as French fries, white bread, and pretzels are high in starch and can easily get stuck between teeth. This allows sugar to linger and can increase the risk of developing cavities.
There are certain foods that are beneficial to dental health, however. Raw nuts, cheese, and yogurt contain calcium and phosphates that can help to strengthen teeth. They also help to neutralize the acid in the mouth. Vegetables such as celery that are high in fiber actually stimulate saliva production. Saliva is a natural acid neutralizer and helps to wash away food particles. Other foods that can help are crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples and cucumbers.
Rather than drinking soda or juice, parents should encourage their children to drink plenty of water. Not only is it healthy for the body, but it also helps to wash away food and bacteria from the mouth. If children are drinking sugary beverages, let them drink through a straw to reduce the amount of contact that sugar has with their teeth.
"Making sure that children eat a healthy diet all year long and brush their teeth regularly can help to prevent cavities," says Warren Melamed. "Parents should make sure that they are helping young children to brush so that they are doing it correctly and properly cleaning their teeth. It is fine to have sweets and treats every now and then as long as they brush afterward." Warren Melamed reminds parents that the entire family should have their teeth professionally cleaned and examined every six months.
is an experienced dentist and businessman. He currently serves as the CEO and president of Oral Health Management. Prior to beginning this business, he founded Monarch Dental in Dallas, Texas, where he served various roles including chairman, president, and chief dental officer. Throughout the years he has made many contributions to the dental care industry. In addition to his dedication to his profession, he is also passionate about supporting charitable organizations.