You’ll receive a lot of warnings from your children’s dentist. However, something you may never have expected might be a warning against fruit! Now, before you feel completely confused, rest assured that we are not telling you to avoid fruit. We are, however, instructing you to eat and serve fruit wisely (and to eat it carefully). If not, you could actually be placing smiles in harm’s way!
Remember, Fructose Is Dangerous, Too
Your children’s dentist likes you to remember that even though fruit is healthy, it still contains sugar. Table sugar, you wonder, scratching your head? No. However, the sugar in fruit (called fructose) is similarly devoured and metabolized by bacteria in your smile, which means the acids they release on your teeth will eventually result in cavities. So, keep offering little ones fruit but have them drink water afterwards.
Don’t Miss Seeds, Pits, and More
You’re so used to carefully eating cherries, taking the pits out of peaches, watching for black seeds in watermelon, and more that it doesn’t really register anymore. However, when it comes to your kids, they’re not as accustomed to watching out for these oral health dangers. What you can do to help them, suggests your children’s dentist, is cut fruit up ahead of time, removing pits and seeds (warning them is helpful, too).
Stop Overlooking The Acidic Nature Of Fruit
Yes, fruit juice is healthier than soda. However, it’s just as acidic, so don’t assume a juice box is safe for teeth. Water is the only safe option (with milk as a very nearly safe option in second place). Rinse with water after juice.
Bring Little Ones In For Consistent Children’s Dental Care
Come in for the care your entire family needs for a healthy smile. Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.