The last place that your child wants to be is in the dental chair getting their cavities filled. We all want our children’s oral health to be excellent, and diet plays a huge role. Afterall, we are what we eat! But what types of foods should your child be consuming on a regular basis in order to promote their dental health? Continue reading for some tips for choosing foods that are more suitable for your kids’ teeth.
Have Fruits and Veggies for Healthy Smiles
Even though it is easy to grab a bag of chips or crackers, fruits and veggies make much better snacks for your children’s oral health. They can be delicious too! Try sliced apples, pears, and melons for sweeter fruits. Carrots, celery, and cucumber goes great with dips or hummus. Avoid dried fruits, like raisins, because they are sticky and have high concentrations of sugar.
Limit Sticky Foods
Dried figs, granola bars, caramel, taffy, and syrup are all harmful for the teeth because they are sticky. This makes it difficult for saliva to wash it away, and ultimately, your child is more likely to encounter cavities in the future. If they do have one of these treats occasionally, they should brush their teeth right away.
Cut Out the Snacks
The quantity of foods that are being consumed isn’t the issue. Instead, it is the frequency of snacks that plays a bigger role on children’s oral health. When there is plenty of time between meals, saliva is better able to wash away food particles that bacteria like to feast on. This way, your child can avoid plaque buildups.
Have Sugary Treats with Meals
If your child is having sweets, they are best to be served during or immediately after a meal. This is because at this time there is an increased amount of saliva in the mouth, making it easier to wash away food debris in the mouth.
Stick to Water
Juice and soda are delicious, but they contain lots of sugar which will harm the protective enamel of the teeth. When your children are thirsty, it is best for them to stick to plain water rather than a sweetened beverage.
That’s right! Cheese is great for teeth because they contain calcium, which is necessary for strong teeth and bones, as well as helping to trigger saliva flow in the mouth. If you are going to have an appetizer before lunch or dinner, a cheese board is a great option. Consider having cheddar, Monterey Jack, Swiss, or other aged cheeses.
Your children deserve to have a healthy smile. By using some of the tips above, your kids are much more likely to remain cavity-free!
About the Author
Dr. Brett Amedro earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbo. He enjoys serving patients of all ages in Frisco, Co and is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Academy of Implant Dentistry. For more ways to keep your children’s smiles in good health or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (970) 668-1010.