Providing Children with the Right Guidance
Most parents know that limiting sugar intake is important for avoiding cavities, but did you know that a well-balanced diet can actually strengthen teeth and help your children to have lifelong healthy smiles? Here are a some of the foods that make up a nutritious diet that benefits oral care.
#1: Raw Vegetables
Raw veggies are great for teeth for several reasons. First of all, they provide a lot of nutrients that are good for the body in general, including the teeth and gums. Second, they provide a good crunch that can help clear away plaque from the teeth. If your child can’t brush his or her teeth after lunch at school, a great alternative is to end the meal with some raw carrots, snap peas, green beans, or other crunchy favorites.
#2: Dairy Products
While some dairy products (such as ice cream) can be high in sugar, milk and most other dairy products contain natural sugars only. Milk, cheese, and yogurt are a great source of calcium, which is important for the jawbone. They also provide phosphate and vitamin D. Ultimately, dairy products with no sugar added help to create an alkaline environment in the mouth. This is the opposite of the acidic environment caused by sugar that can feed bad bacteria and lead to enamel damage.
#3 Nuts and Seeds
Most nuts and seeds also contain calcium and the oils in sesame and sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, and the like are also good for teeth. These oils can actually build tooth enamel up to provide additional resistance against cavities. That means trail mix is a great snack for teeth (assuming you avoid brands that use sugary chocolate candies in the mix).
Get More Suggestions for a Mouth-Healthy Diet
There is plenty of room for things your kids enjoy in a nutritional plan that is also good for teeth. To learn more, ask our pediatric dentists at BRSH+FLSS. We’re all about prevention, and our dentists will be happy to speak with you and your children about the best things to eat or to avoid in order to keep cavities from forming. Schedule your child’s next appointment today by calling 619-741-1500.