Healthy Foods for Healthy Teeth

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Now that you have learned the importance of your child’s baby teeth, their stages, and the ways to take care of them, it’s time to know what food to eat and to avoid in order to maintain a healthy set of teeth. Food has a big impact on their teeth-for better or for worse.

Here are some of the best and the worst food for our teeth:

Teeth-friendly Food


Apples

An apple a day could keep the cavities away! Chewing apples and other crunchy, high-fiber fruits can scrub away the plaque from teeth. As a bonus, this fruit is full of vitamins and minerals and makes an easy snack.

Water with Fluoride

Drinking water with fluoride is essential for the health of your child’s teeth as early as birth. Almost all drinking water contains fluoride, but some bottled varieties do not. It is always a good idea to check to make sure.

Eggs

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.

Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt

Milk, cheese, and yogurt are rich in calcium, casein, 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. Also, celery has fibrous strands, making this vegetable nature’s floss!

Broccoli and Green Leafy Vegetables

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.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds also make a great, mouth-friendly snack! Acids remove tooth enamel, and foods with high amounts of calcium and phosphorus, such as almonds, peanuts, and cashews, can protect teeth by replenishing those minerals.

Foods That Can Cause Tooth Decay and Cavities

Sugary Drinks

It’s no secret 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 carbonated soft drinks combine to cause tooth damage. Even sugar-free diet sodas can erode enamel with the acidic content. While non-carbonated sports drinks may seem like healthy 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.

Juices, even those that claim to be 100% fruit juice, often contain high levels of sugar which can cause tooth damage. Drinking low-fat milk and water is recommended over juice.

Chewy Candy

Eating tons of sugar is bad for tooth health, and the candy is full of it. It can cause cavities and get stuck in crevices in the tooth.

Extra chewy candies like taffy and 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. Many people choose dried fruits as a healthy snack, but many dried fruits are also sticky and contain sugar. If children do eat sugary snacks, they should brush and rinse their teeth with water to clean the tooth surfaces and gums.

Chips, Bread, and Pasta

Starches made from white flour are simple carbohydrates. They break down into simple sugars in the body which can lead to tooth decay. Eating chips for a snack is not recommended, not only because they provide no nutritional value, but also because the starch in them can adhere to teeth. 

Instead of bread and pasta made with white flour, opt for whole wheat options.

Your Pediatric Dentist is there to help your child stay happy and healthy. Regular appointments and visits can help ensure your child stays on the road to health.

Book your appointments today to start your child’s journey to a healthier smile.


Sources:

Healthy Nutrition for Healthy Teeth | Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition and Your Child’s Teeth | WebMD
Best and Worst Foods for Healthy Children’s Teeth | LiveWell with UnityPoint Health

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