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8 Foods That I Don't Allow My Kid To Consume Too Close To Bedtime As A Dental Professional

Updated: Jan 30

Maintaining good oral health is essential for a bright and confident smile. While regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are crucial, paying attention to your diet is equally important. Some foods can be harmful to your teeth, contributing to decay and other dental issues. In this blog post, we'll explore 8 foods that you might want to limit or avoid before bedtime even if you brush your kids teeth.

  1. Sugary Snacks and Candies: Candies, cookies, and other sugary snacks may be tempting, but they provide an ideal environment for bacteria in the mouth to thrive. The bacteria feed on sugar and produce acids that can erode tooth enamel, leading to cavities.

  2. Sodas and Sugary Drinks: Carbonated soft drinks are not only high in sugar but also acidic. The combination of sugar and acidity can weaken tooth enamel over time, making teeth more susceptible to decay.

  3. Citrus Fruits: While fruits like oranges and lemons are rich in vitamins, their high acidity can erode tooth enamel. It's essential to consume them in moderation and consider rinsing your mouth with water afterward.

  4. Sticky and Chewy Candies: Caramels, toffees, and other sticky candies can cling to teeth, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. The longer these substances remain on the teeth, the higher the risk of developing cavities. Even if you brush its impossible to remove all of it from the chewing surface of your teeth.

  5. Potato Chips and Starchy Snacks: Starchy snacks like potato chips can get lodged between teeth and packed into the chewing surface of your teeth, providing a substrate for bacteria to thrive. The starches can also break down into sugars, contributing to tooth decay.

  6. Dried Fruits: While dried fruits may seem like a healthy snack, they are often high in sugar and can stick to the teeth. The concentrated sugars and prolonged contact with teeth can lead to cavities.

  7. Zippy Cup: Never put chocolate milk or surgery drinks in a zippy cup and specially not before bedtime. In fact it is encouraged to eliminate the sippy cup as soon as possible and try to get get them using a regular kids cup as soon as possible.

  8. Sports Drinks: Many sports drinks contain high levels of sugar and acids. While they aim to rehydrate, frequent consumption can increase the risk of tooth decay. Opt for water as a healthier alternative.

Being mindful of your child's diet what they are eating and when they eat it is a key component of maintaining optimal oral health. By limiting the intake of these potentially harmful foods and beverages right before bed time you give the saliva time to neutralize the PH of the oral cavity. Brushing before bed is crucial but removing every particle from the teeth's chewing surface is almost impossible. Remember, a balanced diet, coupled with regular dental care, is the foundation for a lifelong, confident grin.


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