In this segment we talk about choosing healthy snacks, as well as the effects too much juice and soda can have on teeth.

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My name is Dr. Joye Warr. And I am coming to you from High Point, North Carolina.  I am a pediatric dentist. I am here to help you with your children see, so if you have any questions, or any concerns about your children’s teeth, this is the time for you to kind of tune in, type the question in the comment section and I’ll get to it right away.

Now, if you haven’t been following us for the past four weeks, or the fat past four times, we’ve been talking about baby teeth. parents asked me all the time, why are we caring about baby teeth like don’t they fall out anyway? Well, the first few weeks, we found out that the importance of baby teeth is that your child has have to have something to chew with. Remember that all baby teeth don’t come out at the same time. And so those bad baby teeth don’t come out until your child is between 10 and 12. So that’s why we must care for them.

We also discovered that baby teeth are helping with the formation of your child’s jaw, and their head and the neck and the skeletal development and helps them with their bite and all that kind of thing. So, baby teeth are in for are important for development. And then of course, baby teeth are important for cosmetic reasons. Like you can’t wait until your child gets all their adult teeth and then tell them well you know what you got to take care of them. Baby teeth are an excellent way to introduce great oral hygiene and care to your child so that they’ll take care of their adult teeth. Then we found out that baby teeth go through a process like baby teeth are important because you got to have some teeth for you got to have some space for your adult teeth to come in.

And so, the baby teeth are there. And then the adult teeth are guided by those baby teeth. So that’s another reason why baby teeth are important. We talked also about when baby teeth come out, we talked about how we restore baby teeth or how we put fillings in them and things like that. So, I won’t go over all of that. But if you miss the first four parts, look up in our feed, so you can see exactly what you miss. And if you’re watching this, and you don’t have any babies, do me a favor, share this with someone who does. The biggest thing that we must deal with as pediatric nurses is education, making sure that parents understand what’s going on with their child’s teeth. And so, share this, tell all your friends about it and everything.

Tonight, we’re going to be talking about healthy snacks, healthy snacks, and also juice and soda or pop and all that kind of stuff. So, remember that the lower the pH of your child’s mouth, the more prone they are to cavities. And so, the frequency that your child snacks are just as important as when or what they snack on. In other words, if your child eats cookies every two hours, that’s just as bad as if they were to eat candy all day. So, you must make sure that you space this snacks out. Another good thing that you should do is you should make sure that your child is eating the right kinds of snacks. Now of course, we don’t want them to have a bunch of candy and a bunch of sweets, because that lowers the pH which means that it makes it easier for cavities to develop on your child’s teeth. But we also must make sure that we’re doing the proper snacks. There are some snacks that are better, that raise the pH of your child’s mouth, like cheese or chips don’t affect the pH as negatively as most sweet snacks.

And so, chips or pretzels are always a better choice. And then the other thing we got to talk about is juice consumption. Now I know you’ve probably heard this from your pediatrician, but we stand by what the AAP says the American Association of Pediatrics, that your child should consume no more than four to six ounces of juice per day. A recent study shows that the highest sugar content in foods that we give to our children are in juice, even 100% juice and yogurt. So, yogurt and juice have a higher sugar content than you think.  So, make sure that you’re doing that make sure that you’re spacing out the snacks, and, and snacking on the right thing.

The other thing that we constantly make sure that we want to talk about is remember never ever to put your child to sleep with a bottle. Even if it’s milk, even human milk, or what we call at will, breastfeeding can damage your child’s teeth. That’s right, putting your child in bed with you and nursing them. And letting the milk pool in their mouth causes cavities because human milk even has a type of sugar in it. And so breastfeeding is great. But make sure that if you nurse or bottle feed your baby before bed, then you wipe their teeth off with at least a wet washcloth and then lay them down to sleep. Same thing with pacifiers. Remember, never ever put honey on a pacifier or syrup or anything or sugar. Don’t put that on a pacifier. And we’ll talk about pacifiers next week.

So, I want to thank you all for joining me. Thank you for watching. If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know. And I should let you know that any child two an under if you make an appointment for your child two and under any child, we see them absolutely free as most pediatric dentists will. So, make sure to get your child to a pediatric dentist before the age of one.

Yes, that’s right.

We recommend that every child see a dentist before one and most pediatric dentists will see your child at no charge to you. So, we want to see them before one so that we can ward off cavities. We can teach you how to take care of their teeth and answer all the questions that you have. You have nothing to lose.

Remember, make sure that you take care of your child’s teeth. I want to thank you for joining me and goodbye and we’ll see you in two weeks. Two weeks. Take care bye bye.