Are You Setting Up Your Toddler for Cavities?

Are You Setting Up Your Toddler for Cavities?

What are you letting your little one drink and eat?

It's hard to believe that toddlers with brand new teeth can fall victim to cavities, but a story in the Marietta Times this week confirms this as a growing trend.

The Georgia newspaper interviewed a variety of dentists who have treated  2-years olds and 3-year olds  with damage to half or ALL of their teeth.  

That is inconceivable!

I guess when I consider what I see many infants or toddlers eating, this isn't so surprising after all.

I've seen mothers put sugar on a nipple or in milk to entice the baby to feed. I've seen toddlers carrying their plastic bags with sugar-laden cereal as their all day snack -- or animal crackers and graham crackers, which are popular snacks that are also loaded with corn syrup and sugar.

 I've even seen one very unfit mother put Pepsi in child's bottle! (Yes, she did temporarily lose custody of her kid because it was malnourished.)

The dentists in the article confirmed that poor eating and drinking choices were to blame:

"I attribute it to more kids drinking pop and sweet tea and Gatorade, sports drinks, at an earlier age," one female dentist, Dr. Gandee Licklider, told the paper.

Why are toddlers drinking soda?  

Are they running around so much and lifting so many heavy toys that they really need to replace electrolytes by throwing back sugary sports drinks?

I can understand if parents want to put non-nutritive substances into their bodies, but there is no excuse for giving such things to toddlers.

Developing children should ONLY have drinks and meals that provide some sort of nourishment.

Let's stop the candy, Fruit Loops and other worthless snacks.

However, even if these empty snacks are eliminated, parents still have to make sure toddlers are brushing their teeth after fruit and fruit juices since dentists are even worried about children having sippy cups with apple or grape juice all day long.