Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? It’s a great time to appreciate your little one’s smile and make sure it stays happy and healthy. Teaching them how to brush and floss their teeth correctly every day is a great start. But did you know that improving your child’s oral health can be as easy as adding a few smile-friendly snacks to their lunchbox? Find out from your pediatric dentist in Pelham which foods to cut out of your son or daughter’s diet and which ones can protect their happy, healthy smile.
Foods That Cause Tooth Decay
Did you know that tooth decay is the number one most common chronic childhood disease? Unfortunately, many popular foods and drinks for children are full of sugars and acids, like:
- Chewy and hard candies. These allow sugars to linger on your child’s teeth over longer periods of time than other candies.
- Regular and diet sodas. Both options are highly acidic and harmful to your child’s enamel.
- Fruit juices. Even with all the vitamins they contain, some can be just as sugary or acidic as a soda.
- Chips, bread, and pasta. These easily break down into simple sugars and lead to tooth decay.
Smile Friendly Snacks
Instead, try replacing the above snacks with healthier ones that benefit your child’s oral health, like:
- Apples, carrots, and celery. Crunchy fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber can help to prevent cavities by scrubbing away any accumulating plaque and promoting saliva production.
- Milk, cheese, and yogurt. Many dairy products can protect tooth enamel and neutralize some of the acid produced by plaque.
- Eggs, fish, and nuts. These snacks are full of both calcium and phosphorus, which allows them to strengthen teeth by replenishing the minerals they’ve lost.
- Kale, broccoli, and spinach. These surprising sources of Vitamin C are less acidic than citrus fruits and can help fight of bacteria and infection in the mouth.
- Fluoridated water. Just like toothpaste, water with fluoride will fortify your child’s teeth against cavities. Almost all drinking water contains fluoride, except a few bottled varieties.
While you appreciate your son or daughter’s smile and teach them about great oral hygiene this month, don’t forget about what they eat. Adding these smile-friendly snacks into their diet is a natural, delicious way to keep their smile happy and healthy.
About the Practice
At Collins Dentistry for Children, we’re happy to provide your child with the excellent oral healthcare they need in an environment that’s welcoming, friendly, and relaxing. Our talented and highly trained team of dentists combines their energetic, creative personalities with the latest advanced training to ensure your child is comfortable and at-ease. They strive to make oral healthcare a smoother experience for both parents and children alike, so if you have any questions, feel free to contact them at our website or (603) 635-1166.