A healthy diet is important for your child’s growing body—and it’s also important for their growing teeth. Healthy teeth hinge not only on proper oral care, but also on the right nutrients. A diet containing mouth-healthy foods and drinks contributes significantly to your child’s dental health:
Water and Milk
The body needs water to remain healthy, so help your child stay hydrated with plenty of water throughout the day. Milk is another healthy drink option, containing calcium, vitamin D, and other nutrients essential for growing bones and teeth. Even chocolate milk helps improve your child’s dental health as long as it is consumed in reasonable quantities. Natural fruit juices are healthy, but they contain sugars. Limit drinks such as sodas and sugary juices, which contain acids that are hard on the teeth and sugars that promote tooth decay.
Crunchy Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and vegetables with a healthy crunch are great for your child’s dental health. These foods contain a plethora of natural vitamins and minerals for healthy teeth and their crunchy texture also promotes saliva production. Celery, apples, raw carrots, and cucumbers are all great examples of healthy snacks for your child. Cutting fruits such as apples and pears into bite-size slices helps to minimize exposure to the natural sugars.
If your child enjoys gum, give him a treat by offering sugarless gum after meals. The sugar substitute in this gum doesn’t promote cavities. Additionally, chewing gum stimulates the production of saliva, which naturally washes away food debris and sugars left on the teeth after meals.
For more tips on a healthy diet for your child’s teeth, talk to your pediatric dentist at Best Kids Dentist of New York. Help your child get a healthy start on oral care by calling (718) 491-5300. You can also visit our website to learn more about our pediatric dentistry services.