The secret is out! Eating healthy does not only help in children’s physical growth. Eating healthy can also bring about stronger teeth and good oral health in children.
We all know that brushing and flossing are the ABCs when it comes to achieving overall dental health in our kids. However, having a balanced and nutritious diet can also actually cause your child’s teeth to be in tiptop form. By letting your child eat the right kind of food, you are enabling him and her to have stronger teeth and brighter smiles as they grow older.
Take a look at the following food tips that you and your child can do to achieve stronger teeth:
- To promote strong teeth and bones, give your child calcium-rich foods. Dairy products like low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese, and yogurt, as well as dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and broccoli should be included in your child’s daily diet.
- To promote dental growth and protection of your child’s tooth enamel, let your child have some dairy products that are high in both calcium and phosphorus. Yogurt, milk, and hard cheeses like swiss and cheddar are good. And don’t forget to include eggs, nuts, and beans too. These kinds of food make the teeth stronger and help fight cavities too.
- To redeposit lost minerals into your child’s tooth enamel, let your child eat protein-rich foods like lean meat, fortified soy, seeds, and nuts.
- To cleanse and lower the acidity level in your child’s mouth, let your child consume more fruits and vegetables. In addition, next to saliva, water is one of the best ways to clean your mouth. Water is also a source of fluoride, which helps lower the mouth’s acidity. Encourage your child to drink water after every meals to help wash away acids and stains off his or her mouth.
- To clean and naturally take away any unwanted food particles and plaque build-up that might be clinging to your child’s teeth, encourage your child to munch on cucumbers, raw carrots, green beans, and celery. These crisp vegetables scrape away those bacteria build- up the natural way.
Last but not the least is the concept of smart snacking. Smart snacking can actually keep your child’s teeth strong. Ask your child to refrain from snacking frequently, or at least try to resist the urge to do so. The more often your child eats a snack, the more prone he or she to acid attacks on his or her teeth. Of course, snacking is necessary. The key is in deciding what food to snack on. Steer clear from sweets and treats like cakes and candies. Instead, let your child have nutritious snacks. Foods like raw carrots and celery sticks, fruits, and yogurt are a good way to satisfy your child’s appetite and craving between meals. And do not forget to let your child brush or at least rinse his or her mouth after snacking. In doing so, you instill good oral habits, in addition to preventing plaque build-up and cavity-causing bacteria in his or her mouth.
Eating healthy, together with proper oral hygiene, will make your child’s teeth more healthy and strong. Now that is one secret your dentist will be happy to know about.
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