So you’ve taught your child the basics of dental hygiene, how to brush your teeth twice daily. However, don’t forget that the secret to healthy teeth might also be in your child’s diet! Food can have a serious impact on our teeth-for better or for worse. Here we have a helpful list of the do’s and don’ts, when it comes to the best diet for healthy children’s teeth.
Food’s To Incorporate
Water With Fluoride
Almost all drinking water contains fluoride, but some bottled varieties do not. It is always a good idea to check to make sure.
You know what they say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” and it is certainly true that an apple a day could keep the cavities away. Eating apples and other crunchy, high-fiber fruits can help to remove plaque from teeth.
Milk, cheese, and yogurt are rich in calcium and phosphorus, which can protect tooth enamel. The nutrients in milk products can neutralize some of the acid produced by plaque bacteria.
Celery and Carrots
Just like apples, these crunchy vegetables contain a lot of water and require a lot of chewing which can scrub tooth surfaces. The water and fiber in these vegetables balance the sugars and help clean teeth.
Broccoli and Green Leafy Vegetables
It’s no surprise that these are good for your overall health but did you know they’re also great for your children’s teeth? Thanks to their high level of vitamins and minerals, broccoli and green leafy vegetables can provide big benefits for oral health. The folic acid found in leafy greens such as spinach and kale is known to help improve the health of teeth and gums.
Eggs are an excellent source of calcium, protein, and vitamin D, which are important minerals for oral health. Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium, which builds and maintains strong, healthy teeth.
Nuts and Seeds
Here is a healthy snack for your children’s teeth to replace any junk food in your child’s lunchbox. The high amount of calcium and phosphorus in nuts and seeds such as almonds, peanuts and cashews, help to protect the enamel of your children’s teeth.
Foods To Avoid
Eating tons of sugar is bad for tooth health, and candy is full of it. It can cause cavities and get stuck in crevices in the tooth.
Extra chewy candies like caramels stick to teeth for a long time which can dissolve tooth enamel. Candies that are chewy, sugary and acidic, like sour candies, are the most damaging. You may think that choosing dried fruits is a healthy snack alternative, but many dried fruits are also sticky and contain added sugar. Of course we all like a treat now and then so if your children do eat sugary snacks, you should ensure they brush and rinse their teeth with water to clean the tooth surfaces and gums.
We all know that too much sugar is damaging to your health and can cause cavities. Organisms feed on the sugar on your teeth and turn it into acid, which destroys tooth enamel and causes decay.
The acids and sugar found in fizzy drinks combine to cause tooth damage. While non-fizzy sports drinks may seem like healthier options, they are still acidic and sugary.
Citrus Fruit and Juices
Citrus fruits are a source of Vitamin C and nutrients, and they are good for you in many ways. However, grapefruit and lemon, in particular, are highly acidic and can erode tooth enamel over time if consumed in high levels.
Juices, even those that claim to be 100% fruit juice, often contain high levels of sugar which can cause tooth decay. Drinking milk and water is a better option in a diet for healthy children’s teeth.