Caries & Cavities

Nutrition

You probably know sugary stuff can cause cavities. But did you know that starch could be a problem too? When starch is broken down, it can turn into sugar. It’s good to avoid foods like raisins or fruit snacks too. These items can get stuck to your teeth very easily. Instead, think about substituting friendlier foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables or dairy products like cheese and yogurt. It’s also best to not have too many sugary drinks like juice or soda. You can swap these liquids out in favor of things such as milk and water.

Caries & Cavities

Good hygiene is the first step towards preventing cavities. Through better care and nutrition, we can help our kids avoid unhealthy teeth. Caries is the disease that leads to cavities. By creating an environment for strong and beautiful teeth, we can keep our children from ever going down a road of poor hygiene that leads to caries and then, ultimately, to cavities.

Xylitol

Xylitol is a natural sugar that can get rid of the bacteria known to create cavities. It also has other benefits as well, including preventing ear infections. At Leap, we recommend the use of products sweetened with Xylitol. Some items to look for with this ingredient are mints, gums and rinses. Using these products consistently over time can help keep your child from getting cavities.