Your child’s daily diet can support their oral health and help them build a smile that will serve them well throughout their life. Teaching your little one healthy food habits combined with teaching good daily oral hygiene habits are the building blocks of a healthy smile.
Today, Dr. Susan Francis and our team are happy to share with you some healthy food tips to help your child protect their chompers from tooth decay and gum disease. Let’s take a look at how they can support their smile by incorporating these tooth-friendly foods in their diet!
— When it comes to your child’s teeth and gums, fresh fruits and vegetables are nutritional powerhouses. They offer minerals and vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium, and magnesium. Chewing fruits and vegetables also supplies water and fiber and stimulates saliva production. Stimulating healthy saliva levels support your little one’s oral health by washing away harmful plaque and bacteria. Their gum tissue also benefits from the vitamin C along with other vitamins found in fruits and vegetables which can protect them from bacterial infection.
— Providing your child with good protein sources such as lean meat, eggs, fish, and poultry will give their growing teeth necessary phosphorous to support tooth enamel.
— What child doesn’t love their dairy? Offering them cheese and yogurt and of course, milk actively supplies them with the calcium their teeth need.
If you have any questions about your child’s oral health, please reach out to our team in Waco, Texas by calling 254-870-8814, if you have any questions about their oral health or to schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentist. Our Bellmead Kids Dentistry team is here to help your child’s smile receive the care they deserve!