Parents and pediatric dental professionals are up against some tough competition when it comes to influencing our children about the importance of a nutritious diet in the fight against tooth decay. Cavities are the highest contributing factor for children missing school and having trouble keeping up with classes and school activities. That is one reason why it is so important to get the message across to our kids.

Sugary snacks and drinks are big contributors to tooth decay in school age children. Dentists and hygienists stress this to their patients by teaching them how important it is to take care of their teeth. They teach the kids how to brush and floss properly and point out how certain foods can put them at higher risk for cavities.

Unfortunately the snack food industry spends a significant amount of money to make these foods appeal to our children. They promote their products in part by paying well known sports figures to endorse them. When a child hears a famous big leaguer tell him how good something tastes or how it can increase his energy level so that he can be better at playing his favorite sport, it’s going to be hard for him to resist.

Parents best resort may be to provide a good example, keep healthy foods on hand and make children to better understand how commercial marketing operates.

Dr. Kaelin and her staff at Kaelin Pediatric Dentistry will work with patients and their parents to establish healthy dietary habits at an early age. Call 303-805-8266 to make an appointment.