Diet: Can it affect Your Teen’s Teeth?
You already know that your diet can have a huge impact on your child’s overall health. Eating the right foods can nourish the body, help maintain a healthy weight, and keep disease at bay. But can your teen’s diet also impact the teeth? Absolutely! The sugar from food and drinks creates a breeding ground of bacteria in your teen’s mouth. Bacteria then produce acids that break down tooth enamel, which leads to tooth decay and cavities. With simple teeth cleanings and dental fillings, we can stop cavities from becoming worse. But if left untreated, your teen may require more serious treatment, like a pulpectomy or tooth extraction. A pulpectomy is often referred to as a ͞baby root canal͟. During a pulpectomy, we will remove the diseased pulp tissue and disinfect the remaining nerve tissue.
Avoiding a Pulpectomy
Beyond dental treatment, you can help ensure your child’s mouth stays healthy. It all starts with a good diet full of fresh fruits and veggies and less sugar. Avoid sugar in the form of soda, juice, and sports drinks, and help your teen eat fewer starchy snacks, like crackers and potato chips. These snacks stick to teeth, producing more sugar in the mouth. Try to encourage snacks such as fresh fruit, veggie sticks, yogurt, or cheese. Your teen can also try pure chocolate to satisfy sugar cravings. It does not stick to the teeth but melts off of the grooves. If your teen does eat chips or desserts, remind them to drink water to wash food particles off of their teeth. To read more on your teen’s diet and oral health, click here