A San Diego kids dentist can be an invaluable help during every stage of a child’s growth, but the dental care that these professionals provide is especially important as the child grows into adolescence. During this period of a person’s development, sufficient caloric intake is essential for proper teeth and bone growth.
Unfortunately, foods that are harmful to the teeth, gums, and mouth are more readily available today than are healthy foods. Given the combined effects of relentless marketing and the easy availability of high-sugar and high-carbohydrate foods, teens and pre-teens are more likely to pick up a can of soda or a sugar-laden snack than fruits, vegetables, and milk. This can have severely detrimental effects on a growing child’s dental health.
Alarmingly, the results of a poor diet during adolescence cannot be reversed even as the child grows older. In a study conducted by Jane Soxman (the results of which were published in the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry), it was found that enamel loss and weakening of the teeth tend to be long-term problems that last well beyond the adolescent years.
Even with treatment from a San Diego kids dentist, the effects of a poor diet can be significant. In patients that have had sealant and restoration treatment, the acids in soda can break down the enamel around the treated area. This can lead to more severe–and more costly–dental problems.
A child’s diet can have a significant effect on his dental health throughout life. If you would like to know more about how to care for your child’s dental health during these crucial years, call Children’s Dentistry of San Diego at (858) 536-1111.