It’s that time of year again – children are back in school, requiring daily lunches and snacks. Packing nutrient-rich foods, with essential vitamins and minerals, helps strengthen your child’s oral health, making them less susceptible to tooth decay.
Tooth Healthy Foods
Cheese, yogurt, and milk all contain calcium, which helps strengthen tooth enamel. When making lunches/snacks with cheese, try using Aged Cheddar, Swiss, or Monterey Jack. These cheeses have been found to protect teeth from decay.
Fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamins. Citrus fruits contain vitamin C, important for healthy gums. While carrots and dried apricots contain vitamin A, which help build strong teeth.
Protein-rich foods, including meat, poultry, and fish, are good sources of phosphorous, a necessary mineral for tooth development. Nuts are a good alternative protein, they are rich in magnesium and phosphorous, which is optimal for oral health.
Sugar-free drinks are always best. Avoid packing soda, sports drinks, and sweetened fruit juices. These drinks are high in sugar and acid, which can contribute to tooth decay and obesity. Instead, opt for fluorinated water, milk, or pure fruit juice.
Introducing healthy eating habits at a young age is so important for oral health and development. Healthy eating habits, hygiene habits, and maintaining regular dental appointments, are the building blocks for a lifetime of oral and overall health.
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