Premier Dental may be coming to a school near you! We have planned several school visits to promote Children’s Dental Health Month and Oral Health Awareness! February has been named National Children’s Health Month by the American Dental Association (ADA) in an effort to promote better dental health for children all over the country.
“What children eat and when they eat it may affect not only their general health, but also their oral health,” said Dr. Piper Larson of Premier Dental. “Americans are consuming more and more sugary food and drinks than ever before. Energy drinks and junk foods have gradually replaced nutritious beverages and foods for many. February is a great opportunity for us to provide community support in the battle against sugar.”
According to the NCCIH, about 30% of teenagers consume energy drinks on a regular basis. Many energy drinks contain as much as 25-50 g of simple sugars. There is also the safety factor that is question with these drinks. Large amounts of caffeine and other additives pose other health risks as well.
Here at Premier Dental we like to refer parents and kids to the American Dental Association Guidelines to help reduce the risk of tooth decay:
- Limit snacking between meals to healthy, low sugar options.
- If you are going to consume sugary drinks or foods do so with meals when saliva production is high and this can help neutralize acid production.
- Stick to sugarless gum after eating to increase saliva flow and assist in removing food particles from the mouth.
- Think about what your child is drinking and increase their intake of water.
- Stick to regularly scheduled dental appointments.
At Premier Dental and Premier Pediatric Dentistry we encourage all patients, regardless of age, to follow these guidelines along with daily brushing and flossing.