Healthy foods are not just good for a child’s body, but also their smile. Making the right diet choices can save your child from unnecessary trips to dentist and from painful, unwanted cavities. Kool Smiles reviews which foods to stick with and which ones to avoid so that your child has a healthy smile for years to come.
The Wrong Foods
Sugar is the main culprit when it comes to causing tooth decay and cavities. Sugar forms plaque which sticks to teeth and can wear down tooth enamel over time. To save your child’s teeth, avoid giving them sugary snacks such as candy, cookies or sugary drinks like soda and juice.
If you do decide to give your child sweets, try to give them to him or her during meals and have your child brush shortly after so the sugar doesn’t stick to their teeth.
If you value your child’s bright smile, you should probably avoid having them eat or drink certain foods and beverages that can stain your child’s teeth. These foods and beverages include coffee, berries, foods and candies with lots of dye in them or sauces with deep colors like soy sauce.
Other foods and drinks to avoid include diet sodas. The acids from diet sodas can form cavities just as quickly as sodas that have real sugar in them. It’s also important to avoid foods like potato chips or foods with lots of flour in them because bits of food can get stuck between teeth.
The Right Foods
Healthy foods that are good for teeth include:
- Foods that need to be chewed a lot are a good choice because chewing makes saliva form. Saliva protects against plaque sticking to the tooth’s surface
- Crunchy fruits and vegetables are easy on teeth and have plenty of water in them which is good for teeth
- Lean meats and proteins like chicken contain calcium and phosphorus which has the power to rebuild tooth enamel making your child’s teeth stronger against plaque
- Dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese also have calcium and can help balance out acids in the mouth, but watch out. They do have enough natural sugars in them to
- Tap water typically includes fluoride which helps clean and protects tooth enamel
Remember that it’s always important to brush and floss after any big meal. Regular brushing and flossing helps the healthy food do it’s work while fighting the effects of the unhealthy foods.
If your child brushes and flosses regularly but still has discolored teeth or suffers from cavities, it’s important to have Kool Smiles review your child’s diet to find the root of the problem. If you would like to have one of the highly trained dentists at Kool Smiles review your child’s dental health, call us at (855) 854-3621 and one of our friendly staff members will set up an appointment.