It’s no secret that children love ice cream, and as a parent, that fact puts you in an interesting situation. On the one hand, you want to give your child what he or she wants. On the other hand, you want to look out for your child’s best interests. This dilemma may come to a head this month, which is National Ice Cream Month, and when it does, your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, encourages you to teach your child to eat sweets in moderation. Doing so, can protect your little one’s teeth and develop good habits for a lifetime.
Ice Cream and Tooth Decay
People often say that sugar rots teeth. This saying is not true in the strictest sense, but there is some truth in it. The sugar itself will not rot teeth, but it can play a large role in tooth decay. The ultimate cause of tooth decay is harmful bacteria in the mouth. However, these bacteria are able to cause decay by consuming sugar. Thus, eating too much sugar can feed bad bacteria, which will guzzle down the sugar and give off an acid byproduct capable of stripping teeth of their enamel. These harmful bacteria may also adhere to teeth, forming plaque (a clear, sticky substance) and tartar (hardened plaque). Once attached to teeth, the bacteria can still consume sugar, and they can cause damage in a concentrated area, which may eventually result in a cavity.
Moderation During National Ice Cream Month
In an ideal situation, we could do away with sweets altogether. However, doing so is not very realistic. Thus, using moderation when consuming sweets is an effective strategy for protecting our teeth. Try teaching this concept to your child this month. Doing so could set him or her up for a lifetime of good oral health.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines IA Dentist
Are you past due for a dental cleaning? Contact your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Johnson, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.