Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods or drinks and a lack of brushing.
Every time we eat, an acid reaction occurs inside our mouth as bacteria digest sugar. During this time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities. This is why it is important to have structured mealtimes and one snack per day for children. If they are grazing all day, they are less likely to consume nutritious food and can develop cavities quickly.
Some tips for cavity prevention:
- Drink water!
- Encourage and supervise brushing and flossing.
- Structure mealtimes and limit snacking.
- Choose nutritious snacks such as raw fruits or veggies.
Sneaky foods and drinks that cause cavities:
- Gummy vitamins and fruit snacks – even “organic”
- Sticky granola bars and dried fruit
- Processed carbohydrates – pretzels, crackers, puffs
- Chocolate milk (and other flavors)
- Sports drinks like Gatorade, Powerade, etc.