Family and Cosmetic Dentist - Livonia
31574 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
With the kids now settled back into their school year routines, you're probably back to the practice of making daily lunches. But, while they may leave home with their healthy homemade lunches and snacks, you should also be aware of the temptations that await them in the soft drink, sport drink and snack vending machines available in many schools.
The Academy of General Dentistry states that soft drink purchases by teens in schools has increased by 1,100 percent over the past 20 years, while dairy purchases have decreased by 30 percent!
Multiplying the approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar contained in a typical 12-ounce can of regular soda by the equivalent of 868 cans of soda consumed by the average male in the 12- to 19-year age group makes for a frightening total. Not only is sugar harmful to the teeth, but acidic flavor additives can also erode and damage tooth enamel.
Sport drinks are also an issue for kids to drink in large amounts. While coaches and parents may be loading kids up with sports drinks to keep them hydrated, they are also loading them up with sugar and potential cavities. Try to keep the sport drinks limited and substitute water for the rest.
Save soft drinks and candy for special treats if you can, and make sure your child knows, that if he or she does have a sugary drink or snack during the day, to rinse out their mouth with water immediately after consuming the treat. If they can't do that right away, keep a supply of sugar-free gum with xylitol in their lunch bag to help cleanse their mouth.
It's important for all family members to maintain a regular schedule of dental visits. Please call us for more information on how we may help you maintain your, and your family's, dental health.