To Squeeze or Not To Squeeze

Who would have thought that when Plum Organics released their revolutionary take on baby food in 2008 turning the glass jarred goodness into a squeezable pouch that it could be detrimental to a child’s developing teeth and mouth?  Not many did, especially scrambling parents feeding their children in the car or at a soccer practice.  Although more expensive, the pouches of pureed fruits and veggies have taken over as they do not require refrigeration or even a spoon to get wholesome goodness into a child.

Paul Casamassimo of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry made a recent comparison of the pouched food to sippy cups, something that the Academy already recommends against.  He declared that this convenient method of feeding can also be harmful to a child’s teeth if he or she is constantly sucking on the pouch in a similar manner to sipping on juice or milk throughout the day.  The high amounts of carbohydrates and consistency of the food form a perfect medium for the bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and possibly cavities.

There are several precautions that may be taken to maintaining a child’s oral health such as squeezing the food into a spoon before eating, having the child rinse their mouth out afterwards, and sticking to the dentist recommended twice a day brushings.   So before out with the new and back in with the old, remember to squeeze appropriately so that teeth and mouths will grow strong and live long.

Source:  The Salt at NPR, http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/01/30/170667837/oh-baby-squeezable-snacks-might-be-tough-on-the-teeth