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Foods that are Good For Your Child’s Teeth
Posted on 03/27/2017

Foods that are Good For Your Child’s Teeth

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It’s very important for children to brush and floss well and to visit their pediatric dentist regularly for routine checkups, in order to keep their teeth healthy and strong. It’s equally important that kids eat a healthy diet that can safeguard their dental health. Without question, what your child eats directly affects his or her teeth. For example, eating too many foods high in sugar, starches, and carbohydrates can easily lead to tooth decay.

Our Lynnwood pediatric dentistry practice wants all our patients to enjoy having healthy teeth and attractive smiles. Below are some foods that are good for the teeth that you should be serving your children regularly, along with some helpful tips designed to keep your children’s teeth healthy and strong.

Healthy Snacks For Healthy Teeth as Recommended by Our Children’s Dentist

Fruits and Vegetables

It is important that your child regularly eats a variety of fruits and vegetables that are good for both their oral and overall health. Instead of allowing your kids to snack on sugary treats or foods high in carbs, offer them fruits and vegetables containing plenty of water like melons, cucumbers and pears.

Cheese & Yogurt

Cheese and natural yogurt are rich in calcium, making these dairy products good for the teeth. When choosing cheese to serve your child, pick aged cheeses like Swiss and Monterey Jack as these are the types of cheeses that trigger the flow of saliva, to help wash away food particles from the teeth.

Dr. Clint’s Dietary Tips for Good Dental Health

Avoid Chewy & Sticky Foods

It is best to limit your child’s consumption of sticky and chewy foods that cling to the teeth and raise the risk for developing cavities. If your child does consume foods like raisins, dried figs, granola bars, honey, caramel and peanut butter, have them brush their teeth well right after eating.

Serve Sweet Treats with Meals and Not as Snacks

If you provide your child with sweets, serve them as desserts immediately following meals. This is when there is plenty of saliva being produced to help wash foods away from the teeth. The beverages your child drinks at mealtimes also help to rinse the teeth so provide your child with milk or water with meals instead of sugary beverages like sodas.

Set a Snack Schedule

It is never a good idea to allow your children to snack frequently throughout the day as frequent snacking provides constant fuel that feeds the harmful bacteria in the mouth. Kids who snack frequently often have a buildup of plaque on the teeth, putting them at high risk for tooth decay. It’s a good idea to set a snack time schedule or to at least limit snacking to no more than twice a day. Also be sure your kids are brushing well after snacking.

Contact your Lynnwood Kids Dentist

If you have any questions about your child’s dental health or need more dietary tips that can help keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong, please contact our Bothell area office as we’re always more than happy to help! You can always contact us to book an appointment for your child to visit our dentist for premier pediatric dental care. We want all our young patients to enjoy the many benefits that come with having a healthy smile!