Teens make many of their own decisions on diet and parents typically have little control over their choices. In our office we never “lecture” teenagers. We choose to speak to them at their level and EDUCATE them about the effects of their eating and drinking habits on their teeth and oral health.
Today’s teens are consuming more sugar and acid in drinks than ever before!
Increased consumption of sugars in a liquid form such as: pop, sport drinks , energy drinks and fruit juices significantly raises the risk for cavities and decay.
- Constantly bathing teeth in sugary and/or acidic liquids without brushing or rinsing also increases the risk for tooth decay and cavities.
- Choosing drinks low in sugar and acid are best for teeth. Ideally water is the best choice, but second best would be a sugar free drink with low levels of citric acid.
- Regular Brushing and Flossing is the most effective prevention tool you have!