Sweets and treats are rarely denied, much to the angst of the parents. Dentists often hear the complaints: “Dadi and Dada keep giving my child chocolates and biscuits, no matter what I say! What can I do???”
Chocolates, potato chips and biscuits are a tooth’s worst enemy. When they mix with saliva, they become sticky and cling to the tooth surface. Bacteria then grow in this sticky substance, and this produces acid that attacks the teeth, resulting in tooth decay.
Protecting the milk teeth from tooth decay is just as important as protecting the permanent teeth. Tooth decay can progress to the point that the tooth must be extracted. If this happens before the permanent tooth is ready to erupt, the teeth next to the empty space may shift into this space. This may result in the need for braces later on, which can be time-consuming and expensive. So it’s important to monitor the diets of young children as well as older kids.