Parents are told fruits and vegetables are the best options for your children, but that might not always be the best option. In this edition of Child Wellness Wednesday, YNN's Marcie Fraser explains how those foods can be damaging to your teeth.
An apple or a cup of apple juice can cause harm to your teeth because of the acid inside.
"Apples can be pretty acidic, you wouldn't discourage kids from eating an apple that's a good thing, it's a good snack but you don't want them eating an apple all day long," explained Dr. Christian Mathiesen, a dentist.
Dr. Mathiesen is not discouraging eating fruits or fruit beverages, but he said frequency matters.
"Grapefruit juice on the other for a child is very acidic and it is not that you don't give your child grapefruit juice or even apple juice, you just have to be a little careful because some of them are more acidic than others. The more acidic ones, if you are using them on a regular basis, that can cause a break down on the enamel," he said.
The enamel does repair itself, but keep in mind soda can effect teeth too.
Dr. Mathiesen said, "Soda is a real offender because of the carbonic acid. Even if it's diet or regular coke, if they are sipping it, it can impair the teeth and break down the enamel."
You can actually feel if a food or beverage is acidic.
"You will find that your teeth will feel different when you are finish, they feel a bit rough, you've etched the surface of the enamel," said Dr. Mathiesen.
Although mouth guards and helmets are two good ways to protect the teeth, it is important to get to a dentist fast if a tooth is knocked out.
"If it falls out, the best thing to do is to put it in milk and get to the dentist as quick as possible, sometimes we can replant the teeth and splint them sometimes," said Dr. Mathiesen.
Don't omit any healthy fruits or beverages, but do pay attention to how much they are eating or drinking them.
"Just make sure they drink it down quickly, that they don't sip it over a long period of time," added Dr. Mathiesen.