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How Does Nutrition & Healthy Eating Affect Oral Health? Best & Worst Foods for Teeth & Gums

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It is important to teach our children about nutrition, not just for their growing bodies but for their teeth as well. For good tooth development, it is important that your child knows what they should be eating as well as the food that can decay their teeth. Of course, not all food should be denied to our little ones. However they should know that some food is good as well as bad for their teeth. The bad ones mean they need to brush their teeth more often and have proper oral hygiene. Smile Reef would like to share which food helps them develop healthier teeth.

How Are Fruits & Vegetables Good for Healthy Teeth & Gums?

Fruits and Vegetables have high amounts of water and contain low amounts of sugar. Some fruits and vegetables such as pears, melons, and cucumbers are low in sugar. They also have additional benefits as well. Crunchy fruit and vegetables help scrape and clean teeth as the child eats them. Keep in mind, not all fruits are great on teeth. You should limit the amount of bananas and dried fruit that have higher amounts of sugar in them. After your child has eaten some of those higher in sugar fruits, have you child brush their teeth. Remember fruits and vegetables are a great source of nutrition that shouldn’t be avoided. Nonetheless, those with high sugar content can damage the teeth if they are not brushed right away. Brushing often, especially after eating, ensures healthy teeth.

How is Calcium Good for Teeth & Bones

Calcium is great for developing healthy teeth. Some of the foods and drinks with high amounts of calcium are milk, cheese, yogurt and broccoli. These are great snacks that provide your child with enough calcium to continue their tooth development. Additionally eating cheese helps trigger the flow of saliva which helps remove food particles off of the teeth.

Foods High in Sugar Are Bad for Teeth Enamel & Oral Health

Of course, even healthier foods like raisins, dried fruits, and granola bars can have negative consequences on your child’s teeth. Naturally, cakes, candies and other treats high in sugar will also have adverse affects on your children’s teeth. Saliva has a hard time removing the sugar off of the teeth and if not attended, can lead to tooth decay. If your child consumes a large amount of sugar, have them brush their teeth afterwards. It is best to serve sweets at the end of the day after dinner. After a balanced meal your child should have more saliva to help clean their teeth. Again, brushing after each meal should become a lifelong habit.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

For little ones still on the bottle and after their final nightly bottle feeding, you should clean whatever teeth they may have. Afterwards if they demand a little something more, give them water in their bottle to prevent sugary milk or formula from setting on their teeth and gums all night long.

Pediatric Dental Check Ups

Of course regular visits to the dentist help to monitor any tooth decay. Deep cleaning will help keep their teeth clean. Make sure you help your children eat and drink the right foods and beverages to keep their body and teeth developing properly. Smile Reef encourages you to have your child visit the dentist often so we can monitor your child’s oral development. Contact us today to help keep your child’s mouth healthy.

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