Nashville TN Pediatric Dentist | Sport Snacks That Make for Unhappy Teeth
Call us at (615) 297-7597
Schedule an Appointment

Pediatric Dentist in Nashville, TN
4515 Harding Pike, Suite 114, Nashville, TN 37205

(615) 297-7597

Sport Snacks That Make for Unhappy Teeth

Did you know that the US Youth Soccer organization has over three million players between the ages of five and nineteen registered? And that’s just the kids registered by US Youth Soccer. You can see the evidence of the game’s popularity every week during soccer season. Youth teams are playing on indoor and outdoor fields across our cities and counties. Week after week, at the end of every game, the designated parent of the week passes out the drinks and treats for a game well played.

Drinks and “Healthy” Treats to Avoid

The list of drinks and treats below, usually include some of the worst cavity causing culprits, including:

  • Citrus fruit and citrus juice, which contain high levels of citric acid that demineralize the protective enamel coating of teeth
  • Carbonated drinks and sports drinks, which are high in sugar and citric acid
  • Candy of all kinds, but also so-called “health food bars,” which many times are as high in sugar as a candy bar. Sticky and gooey candies are particularly bad for teeth because they stay on the teeth longer, causing sugar exposure for a longer period of time. Plaque bacteria in the mouth use that sugar to produce acids that attack the enamel.
  • Dried fruits, such as raisins, dried cranberries, apricots, and figs. These are not only full of sugar, but stick to the teeth just like sticky and gooey candies. In fact, these fruits are full of non-soluble cellulose fiber. This fiber helps bind and trap sugars on and around the tooth so they are actually worse than candy!
  • Starchy foods such as potato chips and tortilla chips, which get caught between teeth and ultimately turn to sugar. Starches can begin converting to sugar in the mouth almost immediately, not only by the bacteria in the mouth, but also by the enzymes in saliva.

As one of the leading pediatric dentists Nashville has to offer, we know that preventive care is one of the key factors to dental health for children. So, the next time it’s your turn to give out the treats after a game, don’t promote dental decay! Instead of sports drinks, give out bottled water. Instead of bags of chips, give out apples. Encourage other parents to do the same!

Take a step farther to safeguard your children’s dental health by scheduling preventive care appointments. Learn more.

Read Our Nashville Pediatric Blog

Pediatric Dentist in Nashville, TN

Pediatric Dentist in Nashville TN | How To Help Your Child Enjoy Their Favorite Foods Safely

March 10th 2020

To grow big and strong, kids need to eat plenty of great food. It also helps if they enjoy the food they’re eating. Sometimes however, the foods that your child loves most can be detrimental to their oral health. Sour...

Pediatric Dentist in Nashville | Experts in Pediatric Dentistry for Over 40 Years

February 16th 2020

You may not have known that pediatric dentists need to be experts in at least two things. The first is, of course, providing great dental care to kids. The second expertise required however, is on how to have fun. Yes,...

Dentist In Nashville | The Importance of Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

January 9th 2020

At Adams & Seaton Pediatric Dentistry, we understand just how important your child’s first dental appointment is. More often than not, that first appointment can determine your child’s lifelong feelings toward dentistry, making it very important that all goes as...