What a child eats can have a significant impact on the health of their teeth and gums. Most parents know that they should limit their child's intake of sugary, starchy, sticky, hard, and acidic foods, but what about the types of food that are good for a child's teeth? The Edmonton dentists at Azarko Dental Group have put together a handy guide to help you provide your child with snacks and meals that are better for their oral health. Switch out the sugary snacks with foods such as:
Just as vegetables are good for a child's entire growing body, they can also help promote the healthy growth and development of your child's teeth and gums. Vegetables that are high in vitamin C are particularly important for promoting the development of healthy collagen in the gums. This includes vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and yellow, red, and orange peppers.
Crunchy, crisp green vegetables such as broccoli and celery not only make for a refreshing snack, but they can also improve your child's oral health by essentially scrubbing the surfaces of the teeth while they are being chewed. They'll help to remove any plaque bacteria or other bits of food that may be stuck in your child's teeth.
While your Edmonton dentist will recommend that your child stays away from fruit juice due to the high sugar content, fruits should definitely not be avoided. Provide your child with fruit that is high in vitamin C, such as papaya, strawberries, oranges, and kiwis. Fruits with high water content, such as watermelon, are also a good snack because they will help to rinse away plaque bacteria and leftover food bits.
- Dairy products
Dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, and milk are good for teeth for many reasons. One is that they stimulate saliva production, helping to keep the teeth clean and free of debris. Consuming dairy products also lowers the acidity of the mouth. This, coupled with the calcium found in dairy products, helps to protect dental enamel from acid attacks by plaque bacteria.
- Seeds and nuts
Seeds and nuts are full of important oils, nutrients, and vitamins that encourage healthy teeth and gums by building strong dental enamel. Just like fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts can have a scrubbing effect on the teeth when chewed. Just like dairy products, they also stimulate saliva production.
Visit Your Children's Dentist in Edmonton for More Information
Having healthy teeth and gums in childhood can help set your child up for a lifetime of good oral health. The dentists at our Edmonton dental clinic will be more than happy to give you additional tips and pointers about good foods for your child's teeth. If you have any questions or concerns, or if your child just needs a checkup, then don't hesitate to schedule an appointment at our Edmonton dental clinics today.
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