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Hi, there...

 

I am not a dentist, I am studying nutrition and such though :-) I found this interesting and thought I'd share with those who have grandkids :-)

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Are you a dentist or do you work in a dental office?

 

Seems a bit odd to be posting about children's oral hygiene, on a website for AARP-aged people.


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Dental care for children includes much more than mere flossing and brushing routines. It’s important to include foods in their diet that is balanced, including foods with a high content of nutrition and low sugar.

 

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Kids might not be very fond of consuming celery sticks and raw broccoli, yet, there are a variety of tasty snacks one can prepare that is healthy for their hungry mouths. You should make a list of foods that can assist in the fight against tooth decay such as those mentioned below and more.

 

Snacks to provide your child with that are teeth-friendly

 

There are many food types they can eat that would be great for their dental health, as well as their overall health. Whole grains, vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy products, in addition to sources of healthy proteins, like lean meats, legumes, nuts, and seeds, can all be incorporated into a diet to support healthy gums and teeth.

 

Look at the following ideas for snacks of healthy foods that can provide the needed minerals, vitamins, and different nutrients for children’s health. Plus, their flavors are delicious and kids will love it.

 

Hummus pita triangles with whole toasted grains

Coconut flakes and unsalted almonds

Apples and cheddar cheese

Sticks of celery can be spread with cream cheese and sunflower seeds

Veggies with a dip

Freshly sliced watermelon

Low-fat yogurts flavored with berries or honey

 

Appropriate times for snacking

 

Frequent eating of snacks can increase bacteria within a child’s mouth. This bacterium can then flourish and will start forming plaque on their teeth. It’s recommended that kid’s snack time be limited and spread over the day to assist in preventing cavities. Allowing sufficient time between meals will help saliva production and wash particles of food away while also improving the protection of their teeth.

 

The effect of starches and sugars on teeth

 

Treats that are sugary, like pastries, candy, and soda will obviously be high in sugar and must be limited for dental care that is healthy, for not only children but adults as well. Foods that contain a lot of starch, such as bagels, muffins, and bread that are produced using white flour with a high content of carbohydrates, can break down quickly into sugars. Therefore, these should also be limited.

 

A high-starch and high-sugar diet can increase bacteria in the mouth, which will use the sugar to form acid to attack the enamel of teeth and also de-mineralize them. Healthy nutritious types of food which contain smaller amounts of sugar are a healthier option. Healthier tasty snacks can include yogurt, milk, vegetables, and fruits.

 

Children’s teeth are always affected by the things they drink or eat. It’s important to make sure they follow a diet that is balanced and healthy to maintain and grow teeth that are healthy. The wrong choices of drinks and foods may increase their chances to need fillings and suffer from tooth decay.

 

The period that food remains on teeth is a major factor in causing tooth decay. You should teach your child from an early stage about oral health routines, and the effect their food and snacks will have, as well as not to eat too frequently.

 

Have a look some good oral hygiene for children.

 

Children should brush their teeth at least twice every day with a toothpaste containing fluoride. Additionally, they should also include flossing and follow a balanced healthy diet to prevent cavities. You as a parent need to ensure that they visit the dentist regularly for checkups to keep their smiles healthy and bright.

 

What foods do you recommend or feel is healthy for general and teeth health?

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