Posts for: February, 2015
Why do I have to brush my teeth is a common question asked by kids. And of course we explain the reasons why over and over and OVER again. WELL… In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month…Here’s a fun idea to try at home that might help make them understand a little better!
1.) Show your kids a a hard boiled egg. 2.) Ask them, Why they think there is a shell around the egg. (You may need to help them come to the conclusion that the hard shell protects the egg!) 3.) Now give them your best smile and say, See my teeth? Just like the shell on the egg my teeth are protected. Enamel protects my teeth the same way the shell protects what is inside the egg. 4.) Now for the fun part! Pour two cups of vinegar into a large jar. 5.) Let your children gently place the egg in the jar . 6.) Replace the lid on the jar and place it in a safe place that everyone can see. 7.) For fun have them guess what they think will happen to the egg! 8.) When 2 days have passed, slowly and gently remove the egg from the jar and let them see what happened to the egg!!! Did any of them make the right guess?? The vinegar caused the shell of the egg to break down and become soft, the same way that tooth enamel is damaged by acid and bacteria in the mouth. Brushing every day is the only way to keep this from happening. And fluoride can actually make the enamel harder and more resistant to some of the acidic foods we eat and drink.
Maybe now is a good time to brush those teeth and Happy Children’s Dental Health Month!!!
WHAT are you DRINKing? and what is it DOING TO YOUR TEETH?
Beverages are measured by their level of acidity on a PH scale. A PH scale ranges from 1 to 14 with water being the neutral point in the middle at 7. The lower the PH number, the higher acidity level and the more damaging the substance on your teeth. The higher a PH number is the more ”basic” and the less harmful the solution is on your teeth, for example, Baking Soda has a PH of 9. The PH scale is a negative logarithmic scale, meaning, each level of decrease is 10 times more acidic. For example, a Coke Classic has a PH of 2.5 and Orange Juice has a PH of 3.5. This means that coke is 10 times more acidic than Orange Juice.
Understanding the PH level of the drinks you enjoy will help you to better understand what effect they are having on your teeth. Teeth soften and cavities form when repeatedly exposed to acid. Check out our list of a few common beverages and their average PH level.
Coke Classic 2.5
Capri Sun 2.6
Snappel Tea 3.2
Mountain Dew 3.2
Diet Coke 3.4
Orange Juice 3.5
Iced Tea 3.5
Vegetable Juice 4.0
Root Beer 4.5
Black Coffee 5
Soy Milk 7.0
Hot Tea 7.2
BOTTOM LINE: THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK!