Oral health and your overall health are closely linked. To have a healthy mouth, it must be in a health body and vice versa.
Our team at Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics of Sudbury encourage our patients to have a lifetime of good health. A diet rich vegetables and fruit, complex carbohydrates (whole grains) and lean proteins supplies the body with resources to grow and fight off infection.
We know that children will reach for sugary or processed snacks, so let’s teach them while they are young. If you are wanting something sweet, it’s better to indulge in a piece of chocolate or ice cream rather than caramels or hard chewy candies like Skittles because those will stick to teeth. If chips or crackers are your snack craving, better to eat a portion at one time, rather than stretch it out over hours. The longer food stays present in the mouth, the greater opportunity for dental decay.
Acidic foods, like fruit juices, can also cause tooth decay. We recommend limiting juice to mealtimes as frequent sipping during the day increases the risk of decay.
With all the food choices available, it can be challenging. Our staff is happy to help - please do not hesitate to ask.
We've put together a list of the best foods for your child's dental health. Hungry yet?
Water, especially fluoridated water, is the best beverage for maintaining your oral health. That's because fluoride helps to make teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that can cause cavities. As of 2012, nearly 75 percent of the U.S. population had access to fluoridated water, so drinking water from your own kitchen sink can help prevent dental problems.
Milk, and other dairy products such as cheese and yogurt, are low in sugar, which is a good thing for your dental health. Plus, they contain protein and are full of calcium, which can help to strengthen your teeth.
Phosphorus-rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs help to strengthen your teeth and contain valuable protein.
Fruits and veggies pack an extra punch
Fruits and veggies are an important part of any balanced diet, and they are also good for your teeth. Since they are high in water and fiber, they help to balance the sugars they contain and help to clean your teeth. Chewing also helps to stimulate saliva production, which washes harmful acids and food particles away from your teeth.
Nuts contain protein and minerals important for overall health. In addition, nuts that are low in carbohydrates don’t add to your risk of cavities. Why? Because tooth decay is caused by acid-producing bacteria that are activated by carbs. Another benefit is that chewing nuts stimulates saliva production, which can reduce your risk for tooth decay.
Please feel free to call our office with any questions about your child's nutrition and dental health. We are here to help!