Parenting is a serious and challenging job, especially for the first few years after the baby’s birth. There are so many equally important things you need to consider, one of which is taking care of the baby’s teeth. However, most parents pay this matter little attention because there are no teeth to be concerned about for the first few months. If you don’t take care of your baby’s oral hygiene, it can lead to problems in the future that might have long-term effects.
How Sugar Erodes Teeth?
First of all, we need to know precisely how sugar affects the teeth. It’s not the sugar itself that is harmful but the bacteria that decomposes it into acid. This acid changes the pH level of the mouth, making it acidic, which destroys the teeth enamel. Enamel is the outer protective layer of teeth, which becomes porous due to acid, causing cavities as well as tooth decay. Luckily, there are enzymes in our saliva that can neutralize the acidic pH of mouth, but we need more than that to prevent oral diseases.
On average, infants start teething after six months, but they have a sweet tooth even before that. According to studies, children’s likeness for sweet things is biological. Parents feed their infants, toddlers as well as older children milk and juices which are high in sugar and can severely affect their teeth.
Problems caused by High Intake of Sugar in Children
Childhood Gingivitis –in severe cases, the gums can become swollen and inflamed by a high intake of sugar resulting in childhood gingivitis.
Teeth Decay – even though baby teeth are not permanent, their health is directly related to the condition of permanent teeth. If the oral health of your child is terrible, it can decay his/her teeth earlier than normal and delay the eruption of new teeth.
Childhood Obesity – in addition to teeth and gum diseases, sugar can result in childhood obesity as well as malnourishment because sweets are nothing but empty, in turn, lead to several psychological and health problems.