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How Do Sweets Affect Teeth?

Sweets are one of the great temptations for children. What little one does not like sweets, candies and jelly beans? The truth is that even adults love these joyous delights, but we must be aware that they can be a major problem for our children’s oral health. A good dental health prevention plan should ensure that children have a healthy and balanced diet.


While you should not permanently ban the usage of sweets and candies as this will just stop your child from enjoying the best times of their life. All we have to do is make our children responsible with how they consume sweets and how they should develop habits that help in maintaining their dental health after they eat their favorite candy.

Children also have Caries

Although children have temporary teeth, we must not forget that they are very important for their subsequent dental development, so it is even more important that we be careful with their diet and avoid excess sweets. Although we do not associate tooth decay with young children, parents should be aware that it is one of the great dangers to our children’s dental health. In addition, their temporary teeth have a much less dense enamel than that of adults, making it easier to erode.

The Role of Sugar

Caries is an infection that appears when bacteria lodged in the mouth attack tooth enamel. In addition, we must bear in mind that sugar is one of the elements that most attacks tooth enamel, so it makes it easier for bacteria to be even more aggressive and can more easily cause tooth decay. Sugary snacks, sticky candies, chews… all products that contain a high level of sugar have the same effect on the health of the teeth of a child, and an adult. Of course, we cannot eliminate them completely from our diet, but we can prevent their negative effects. Our specialists in dental health prevention will advise you how to do it.

The Importance of Prevention

Having scrupulous dental hygiene is essential to prevent sugar from having a negative effect on our children’s teeth. From a very young age we have to get used to following a strict oral cleaning routine, following the advice of the pediatric dentist. In the case of children and people with a greater tendency to suffer tooth decay, it is advisable to use a dental sealant. In this way, the enamel is kept as safe as possible from the aggression of sugars and other aggressive elements for dental health.

Contact AJS Dental in Oceanside & Kew Gardens, NY

If you have any questions about teeth whitening or would like a consultation, please contact Dr. Alan Schwartz, our dentist in Kew Gardens Hills, NY & Oceanside, NY, today!

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