Assisting Teens with Optimal Development
- Posted on: May 15 2018
Children of all ages need quality dental care to support lifelong oral health. When children are young, particularly before they start school, managing this aspect of wellness may be relatively easy. Parents just have to develop a habit of taking care of their child’s teeth, then teaching, then overseeing, then releasing control. Oh, the joys of seeing your child grow up! When it comes to oral care, it may feel good to pass the baton, so to speak. However, when this is done, parents want to know the potential obstacles their teen will face.
Wylie Dental Care is a family dental practice where we are proud to serve patients of all ages. We get that teens may not be all that motivated to brush and floss. The busy schedule exacerbates this lack of motivation many teens keep these days. Even the Academy of General Dentistry has taken notice of today’s hectic pace of life and how it is affecting teens. In a recent journal publication, a report demonstrated just how impactful one specific pitfall might be for this age group. That pitfall: soda.
Just like when children are in their early developmental years, teens are also going through a very active time of growth. What many people don’t know is that teenagers have an intense need for calcium. This is because bone growth peaks throughout adolescents and bones are supported by the calcium stored in them. Teeth are no different. You may be asking “what does this have to do with soda?” Soda is only bad because it has sugar. Not really.
Sugar is only one reason why we should limit our consumption of soft drinks. Another reason, and a powerful one according to research, is that soft drinks are too acidic for the mouth and the body as a whole. In one study, a higher prevalence of bone fractures among teen girls was traced back to soft drink consumption. In other studies, the strength of enamel was noticeably degraded after just a few weeks of soda consumption. Why? Phosphoric acid.
Phosphoric acid is a common soft drink ingredient that prevents adequate calcium absorption into bones and teeth. Furthermore, when this or any other acid sits on enamel, this hard substance deteriorates.
Teens’ teeth can be protected with a calcium-rich diet and routine dental care (and encouragement to brush and floss at home). A daily supplement of 1300 mg of calcium is also advantageous to support bone development.
Professional care with a friendly attitude is our specialty. Call our Glen Dale office at 304-845-2480 to schedule your family’s visit.
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