by SPENCER MAUSETH, D.D.S., 4S Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics | Special Advertisement

Best Diet For Healthy Children’s Teeth

adv_4spediatric-mausethSo, you’ve taught your child the basics of dental hygiene and how to brush their teeth twice daily. However, don’t forget that the secret to healthy teeth might also be in your child’s diet! Food can have a serious impact on our teeth – for better or for worse. Here we have a helpful list of the dos and don’ts when it comes to the best diet for healthy children’s teeth.

Foods To Incorporate
• Water With Fluoride: Almost all drinking water contains fluoride, but some bottled varieties do not. It is always a good idea to check to make sure.
• Apples: Eating apples and other crunchy, high-fiber fruits can help to remove plaque from teeth.
• Dairy: Milk, cheese, and yogurt are rich in calcium and phosphorus, which can protect tooth enamel. The nutrients in milk products can neutralize some of the acid produced by plaque bacteria.
• Celery and Carrots: These crunchy vegetables contain a lot of water and require a lot of chewing, which can scrub tooth surfaces. The water and fiber in these vegetables balance the sugars and help clean teeth.
• Broccoli and Green Leafy Vegetables: The folic acid found in leafy greens such as spinach and kale is known to help improve the health of teeth and gums.
• Eggs: Eggs are an excellent source of calcium, protein, and vitamin D. Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium, which builds and maintains strong, healthy teeth.
• Nuts and Seeds: The high amount of calcium and phosphorus in nuts and seeds such as almonds, peanuts, and cashews help to protect tooth enamel.

Foods To Avoid
• Candy: Sugar can cause cavities and get stuck in crevices in the tooth. Extra-chewy candies like caramels stick to teeth for a long time, which can dissolve tooth enamel. Candies that are chewy, sugary, and acidic, like sour candies, are the most damaging. Many dried fruits are also sticky and contain added sugar.
• Sugary Drinks: Organisms feed on the sugar on your teeth and turn it into acid, which destroys tooth enamel and causes decay. The acids and sugar found in fizzy drinks combine to cause tooth damage. Non-fizzy sports drinks are still acidic and sugary.
• Citrus Fruit and Juices: Citrus fruits are a source of Vitamin C and nutrients. However, grapefruit and lemon in particular are highly acidic and can erode tooth enamel over time if consumed in high levels. Juices often contain high levels of sugar, which can cause tooth decay. Drinking milk and water is a better option for healthy children’s teeth.