Favorite Foods & Cavities

Cavities are the most widely recognized dental issue among children. This dental issue can be credited to various factors. First, it’s a well-known fact that kids don’t do a great job when brushing their teeth, and few of them floss at all, let alone once a day. Children tend not to brush their teeth because they feel tired brushing and flossing.

According to many dentists, most especially Del Mar Highlands dentist, diet plays the biggest and greatest part in kid’s dental woes. The main and the most common culprit in foods that seriously damage teeth is sugar: sugar sustains and feeds the bacteria naturally present in all mouths, this produces and delivers acids that destroy and eat away the enamel, or protective coating of teeth.

Below is the list of some identified foods that are detrimental for your kid’s teeth, and that should be avoided whenever possible.


We all know that drinking soda is bad for our teeth, but do you have any idea just how harmful drinking soda is? Not only does drinking soda bathe the teeth in bacteria-feeding sugars, but also, the damage can continue for up to forty minutes after the last sip, sounds scary right?! If your child simply can’t live without drinking soda, the best option is that have him or her drink soda through a straw: by drinking soda with the use of straw, it helps to allow the sugary drink to bypass the teeth entirely.

Refined Starches

Soda is obviously harmful to the teeth, but did you know that some double-refined foods (think white flour) are also detrimental to the teeth? Food that we love to eat during snack time like bread, crackers, and other starchy foods (even the organic ones) are carbohydrate-rich. These carbohydrates easily convert to sugar, and this causes to tooth decay. Especially avoid chewy or sticky starch products.

Fast Food

Fast food may be a quick and easy, when cooking and preparing are too time-consuming, but this group of food lacks the necessary vitamins and minerals that block tooth decay. Fast food is full of those refined carbohydrates mentioned above.

What foods are good for the teeth?

Everybody knows that fresh green leafy vegetables are the best foods that give and provide vitamins, which are needed to keep the body healthy, blooming and strong. During chewing, these varieties of food also provide a rough surface to scrape teeth clean.

If you wish to know more about the healthy foods that are helpful to maintain your teeth or want to request a copy of a comprehensive list of foods that are good and bad for the teeth, don’t hesitate to consult with our Del Mar Highlands dentist.

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