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4 Foods for Children to Chow Down that Improve Their Oral Health

December 19, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — adampreece @ 7:17 pm
Little boy in a striped shirt holding orange slices over his eyes

As parents, one of our greatest responsibilities is to care for our children’s physical health, including their teeth and gums, until they’re old enough to do so on their own. You probably try to ensure they eat well-balanced meals so that their bodies have what they need to grow healthy and strong. Did you know, though, that some foods are particularly beneficial for their oral well-being? Read on to learn about 4 things to include in their diet to keep their smile in tip-top shape!

Food #1: Dairy

One great way to fortify your little one’s pearly whites is with calcium, which strengthens enamel and prevents tooth decay. It’s found naturally in dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt. Remember, though, that some products add processed sugar and other ingredients for more flavor, so be sure to check the nutrition labels before you buy. For example, plain or low-fat Greek yogurt can be very beneficial but you’re just as likely to find yogurt flavors sweetened with sugar marketed to children.  

Food #2: Citrus Fruits

Your child’s teeth rely on their gums for a strong foundation which means you’ll need to protect those, too. They’ll need to consume vitamin C to support their connective tissues because human bodies don’t produce it on their own. It promotes collagen creation as well as fights infection which keeps gum disease at bay. Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons are full of this essential ingredient. If your kid doesn’t enjoy orange slices or is displeased by the texture, try giving them a low-sugar or pulp-free juice, instead.

Food #3: Leafy Greens

Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and broccoli also have plenty of vitamin C in addition to calcium, but that’s not all! They also contain helpful amounts of vitamin A that contribute to saliva production. Spit is your child’s natural defense against harmful bacteria, acid damage, and enamel erosion. That means munching on this vegetation helps in more ways than one. If they balk at the sight of green on their plate, try introducing it to them slowly. You might cut it into tiny pieces and hide it in their favorite meal, so they don’t even know they’ve eaten any!

Food #4: Water

Skip sodas and sugary beverages and encourage your kid to drink water, instead. It’ll rinse their mouths clear of any leftover food pieces that attract cavity-inducing germs. It also has a neutral pH value to prevent acid erosion of their enamel. Finally, it keeps their little body hydrated so they don’t get dry mouth, which is a hospitable environment for unwanted microbes.

Now you can rest easy knowing you’ve taken steps to improve your loved one’s oral health!

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