Skipping Breakfast Can be Bad for Your Teeth

Skipping Breakfast Can be Bad for Your TeethBreakfast has long been considered the most important meal of the day, as it gives your body the fuel it needs to power through your day. A recent study indicates that the benefits may go even further than better concentration, improved weight control and fewer late-in-the-day cravings. Breakfast can reduce the risk of tooth decay, also.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, evaluated more than 4,000 children. The children who did not eat breakfast were 250 percent more likely to have tooth decay compared to kids who did eat breakfast. The benefits of eating breakfast even occurred when kids chose sugary foods, such as cereal or breakfast pastries.

Children often miss breakfast due to busy schedules and early school days, but eating breakfast may have a protective effect. Previous studies have shown that kids who regularly eat breakfast do better during school and have a lower risk of obesity, while those who skip breakfast are likely to weigh more, smoke more and even drink more frequently.

Good choices for busy kids include smoothies with fresh fruit and yogurt, breakfast wraps, string cheese with fresh fruit and whole grain muffins. Call us today to learn more about keeping your child’s smile healthy or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara dentist.

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