Dental Risks

Soda and Sports Drinks

Soft drinks have a very high content of unnatural sugars and acids. Both of these things are known to cause cavities. The acid content alone in soda can have highly erosive effects on teeth. Poor hygiene and soda consumption can make for serious decay. Water is the BEST alternative for keeping children hydrated during physical activities.

You can reduce the frequency that sugars and acids remain on your child's teeth when they drink soda or sports drinks by having them swish with water or alternating sips of soda and water. The water will then neutralize any acid. Most importantly, emphasis on good brushing and flossing routines are encouraged. Lastly, it's very important to always rinse athletic mouth guards with water.

Piercings

Usually oral piercings are on the tongue, lip and cheek. Children with these piercing run the risk of:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Scarring of tissues
  • Infection, causing pain and swelling of soft tissues

Bacteria in these infected areas can lead to more serious complications. We would like to advise you to skip the mouth jewelry and prevent any serious complications that can occur.

Tobacco: Bad News in Any Form

Tobacco in any form can jeopardize your child's health and cause incurable damage. Teach your child about the dangers of tobacco.

Smokeless tobacco, also called spit, chew or snuff, is often used by teens who believe that it is safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. This is an unfortunate misconception.

Studies show that spit tobacco may be more addictive than smoking cigarettes and may be more difficult to quit. Teens who use it may be interested to know that one can of snuff per day delivers as much nicotine as 60 cigarettes. In as little as three to four months, smokeless tobacco use can cause periodontal (gum) disease and produce pre­ cancerous lesions called leukoplasias (white curd-like patches on the soft tissue of the mouth).

If your child is a tobacco user, you should watch for the following that could be early signs of oral cancer:

  • A sore that won't heal
  • White or red leathery patches on your lips, and on or under your tongue
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the in the mouth or lips
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your jaw or tongue
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together

Because the early signs of oral cancer usually are not painful, people often ignore them. If it's not caught in the early stages, oral cancer can require extensive, sometimes disfiguring surgery. Even worse, it can be life threatening.

Help your child avoid tobacco in any form. By doing so, they will avoid bringing cancer causing chemicals in direct contact with their tongue, gums and check.