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Eating Yogurt Reduces Tooth Decay Risk In Children

Tooth Decay Risks In ChildrenWe all know that consuming dairy products (preferably low-fat and high quality ones) is very good for our dental health. Dairy products like cheese, milk, yogurt, butter, and others, are great natural sources of calcium necessary for normal development and maintenance of our teeth. It turned out that eating plenty of yogurt on a regular basis is a great solution for little children to lower their risks of suffering from dental problems like tooth decay and others. According to the findings of a recent study, eating yogurt at least 4-5 times a week can assist in reducing tooth decay risks in children. Those are the findings of a group of Japanese dental care specialists at Fukuoka University and the University of Tokyo, published a few years ago in the Journal of Dentistry.

The research in Japan involved analyzing daily diet and dental health of over 2,000 children aged 3 and above. The first part of the research included studying eating habits and daily diet of young children, by asking their parents to fill up the specially designed questionnaires. The second part of the study embraced analyzing dental health and dental problems in all the participants. The results have shown a clear connection between a regular consumption of yogurt and improved dental health. Thus, Japanese experts say that consuming yogurt 4 times a week can help in reducing tooth decay risk in children for as much as 22 per cent. It is interesting that the same connections were not established for consuming other dairy products like milk or butter.

The findings of the Japanese experts went into accordance with the results of another study conducted by a group of scientists in Australia. They experimented with placing extracted teeth of children into various dairy products, and they found out that yogurt was the only dairy product able to help preserve a good condition of tooth enamel and ward off tooth decay. At the same time, both studies failed to explain the reasons why exactly this product reduced the risks of tooth decay and decreases the need for fillings. There is a hypothesis that yogurt contains some substances which protect tooth enamel against the attacks of harmful acids or other substances, and lower tooth decay risks in children and adults.

A great deal of experts find these findings interesting and promising. However, some dental care specialists warn today’s moms against using yogurts with sugars or other additives which are actually harmful to tooth enamel and dental health of their children. According to Dr Nigel Carter, a Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, “It should be remembered that many yoghurts in the UK contain added sugar and it is well established that increasing the frequency of sugar containing foods and drinks leads to an increase in dental decay.” The expert also says that yogurt consumption in little children can lead to some dental problems and conditions due to a property of this dairy product to coat teeth. He recommends giving yogurt to little kids in the mealtime, along with other healthy foods.

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Commercially Produced Fruit Juices Are Very Harmful To Our Children’s Teeth

commercially produced fruit juicesFruit juices have been considered quite good and safe for children. However, scientists warn us that giving our kids a glass or two of commercially produced fruit juices five times a week may not be a good idea. The same can be said about smoothies as well. A great deal of modern children suffer from such problem as worn out tooth enamel, and a group of scientists at the Royal College of Surgeons found out that every one of two today’s five-year old in the United Kingdom has absolutely clear signs of dental erosion and worn out tooth enamel. It is an irreversible process which is very very harmful to dental health of our children.

The experts tend to explain this tendency by increased consumption of commercially produced fruit juices by modern children. Despite of the fact that fruit juices are very delicious and great natural sources of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients important for chidern’s normal growth and development, a daily consumption of such juices is linked to very high risks to children’s dental health. Kathy Harley, a leading specialist and dean of the dental faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons, suggests to all modern moms and dads giving their kids commercially produced fruit juices no more than once-twice a week: for example, in the weekends. At that, the recommended dosage should not exceed 150 ml of fruit juice a day, the expert underlines.

Another suggestion is drinking fruit juice together with meal. This way it will be possible to lower negative effects of commercially produced juice, minimize its contact with the surface of teeth, and lower total risks to the child’s dental health. Unfortunately, even using freshly squeezed fruit juices bears certain risks to kids’ health. Blending or juicing fruit is linked to releasing great amounts of sugars and acidic compounds leading to serious dental problems, both in adults and children. Dental care specialists warn that dental erosion is becoming more and more common dental condition, especially in modern children and teenagers.

Finally, experts say that it is necessary to address to the problem not only on individual but on group level as well. In particular, dental experts ask school administrations stop using commercially produced fruit juices in school canteens. Instead, children can be offered milk or other possible healthy drinks. Certainly, drinking water can be the best and the healthiest solution, however, not all children like the idea of using water instead of fruit juices. However, the Department of Health officials are not too enthusiastic about the idea of withdrawing fruit juices from school canteen menus. ‘Juice contains nutrients, including vitamins which are important as part of a healthy, balanced diet,’ their spokesman said.

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Tips For Kid’s Dental Care In Summer

For all kids around the world, summer is the time for chocolates and lollipops, for cola and ice creams, for endless fun outdoors, and many other pleasant activities and foods. As a result, sometimes, tooth decay, various traumas and other problems can arise. That is why kid’s dental care is extremely important in this time of year. Dental experts created a list of the most essential tips for dental care for kids, which should be taken into account by every today’s mom and dad all through summer and further.

  • Let your child enjoy plenty of fresh fruit and veggies in summer. Try to make your child drink less of cola, soda or industrially manufactured juices as they are packed with harmful chemicals. Instead, let him drink healthy freshly squeezed fruit juices. Also, help your kid develop a habit of rinsing his mouth after drinking any sort of juice.
  • Have a variety of ready vegetable salads and sliced fruit for your kid. A great number of fruit and veggies are available in summer, and make your child choose healthy snacks instead of all those chips and chocolate bars.
  • Kid's dental careMake your child eat special detergent foods on a regular basis. Such fruits as apples, carrots or pears, can work as a toothbrush: refresh and clean your child’s mouth after eating chocolate, candies and other sweet foods. The veggies and fruit rich in fiber can clean up food particles stored between child’s teeth, this way preventing tooth decay. Give your child such detergent foods after every meal.
  • Help your child develop a habit of using a fluoride mouthwash to reduce chances of tooth decay. It is a very important element of every kid’s dental care. You can buy special mouthwashes for little kids which will protect your child’s teeth from cavities.
  • Allow your child using sugar-free chewing gums. Chewing for 10-15 minutes can help in cleaning the teeth, removing food particles, washing away dangerous dental bacteria and preventing tooth decay. Besides, chewing stimulates saliva production and can improve digestion. One more benefit of using chewing gums: as long as your child has it in his mouth, there are no calls for eating chips, chocolate bars or other unhealthy foods, which can affect kid’s dental health greatly.
  • Do not forget about regular brushing. It is essential to develop this habit since the early childhood. Explain your child that toothpastes strengthen the tooth enamel, protect from tooth decay and many serious dental problems. Use soft brush for your kid’s dental care. Let your kid brush the teeth like you do, two times a day: in the morning before the breakfast, and in the evening before the bedtime.

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