We also recommend brushing after giving medications (swallowed or inhaled) because they are often acidic by nature and sugars are added to help them go down.
To save your child’s teeth from developing decay, fill sippy cups with only water unless it’s mealtime. Any other liquids, especially sugary drinks with low pH levels like sports drinks and fruit juices, can contribute to cavity formation (see #7) when used for extended periods of time.
The low-down: Teeth get covered with plaque every time we eat or drink anything. When bacteria in the plaque break down food into sugars (including starches like pretzels, bread and pasta), the teeth face an acid-attack that leeches minerals out of teeth weakening their structure. The first sign of this weakening can be chalky-white spots on the enamel. If this process continues, the enamel breaks and the lesion is called caries (a.k.a.: “a cavity”). If left without repair, the cavity continues to get larger and can lead to pain and swelling.
Keep your child’s smile healthy and happy by helping with regular brushing and flossing, minimizing juices and sticky foods, and a trip to the dentist!