Posted by: bec | 2003/12/05

diet fir healthy teeth

My son is 5 years old and has just had to have 4 teeth removed.
he likes to eat a bowl of childrens breafast cereal in the morning and when he gets home from school he does not have any added sugar to these but i would like to know if you think this is part of the problem

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Dear Bec
If you click on 'Child' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition' you will find an article I wrote on 'Healthy teeth'. The most important preventative measures to ensure strong and healthy teeth are: a) exposure to fluoride either via toothpaste and mouthwashes or via supplementation if the water supply in your area has a low fluoride content (ask your dentist) b) regular mouth hygiene - teach your son to brush or rinse his teeth after every meal and snack. Research has shown that the incidence of tooth decay in western countries dropped dramatically since the introduction of fluoride toothpaste and the improvement in mouth hygiene, despite the fact that the intake of sugar has not declined in most western countries. Any form of carbohydrate (cereals, bread, cakes, cookies, fruit, cold drinks and fruit juice) can cause tooth decay if the teeth are exposed to the carbohydrate for a long time (i.e. not rinsed or brushed off after eating or drinking).
Best regards

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