It’s very important for a child to develop good oral hygiene habits early in life. Preventing tooth decay in children is as easy as regularly brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist. But, if you’re looking for another way to fight cavities, you’ll want to carefully monitor your child’s diet.
Here are 5 tasty foods for your child that won’t cause cavities:
Low in carbohydrates and high in calcium and phosphate content, cheese helps balance the acid in your mouth and preserves and rebuilds tooth enamel. Eating cheese causes your mouth to produce saliva, killing the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.
A crunchy fruit, the apple is good for your teeth due to its high water content. The water in the apple dilutes sugars and stimulates saliva production in your mouth. The high water content also helps clean your teeth and your gums.
Popcorn might seem dangerous for your mouth, but as long as it’s not loaded with sugar, it’s actually good for your gums. Popcorn beneficially forces your teeth and gums to exercise and contains calcium and phosphorous minerals, which help build teeth.
Though sticky and sweet and seemingly a tooth terror, raisins contain phytochemicals that suppress the growth of certain species of oral bacteria. The chemicals also prevent cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to teeth, meaning raisins hinder the development of both tooth decay and cavities.
According to lab research at the University of Los Angeles, licorice root prevents the growth of Streptococcus mutans, bacteria that is responsible for the development of cavities. In fact, licorice is so good that scientists are currently trying to manufacture a sugar-free lollipop containing the cavity-defying root.
At Best Kids Dentist, our pediatric dentist can offer specialized care to any child. Our office offers a gentle and fun approach to dentistry to ease children’s fears and teach them to grow up with proper oral hygiene. For more information or to set up an appointment, call us at (718) 491-5300.
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