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Good Nutrition = Healthy Mouth

added on: December 16, 2015
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It’s no secret that we care about kids and helping them have the healthiest smiles possible. One of the biggest factors for ensuring healthy teeth starts with good nutrition. Say sayonara to sugars, starches, and carbohydrates for strong teeth that last a lifetime. At our pediatric dental office in Long Island, we aren’t shy about sharing these nutritious tips to guarantee healthy smiles.

Healthy Diet, Happy Mouth

Providing your little ones with healthy options will help make certain that not only their teeth, but also their bones, grow up strong. Here are some tooth-friendly foods your kids should crave:

  • Fruits and Veggie Variety – These two tasty treats should make up 50 percent of the foods your kiddo consumes daily. Celery, cucumbers, carrots, and apples are all great, Remember to brush after eating fruit to help wash away any sugars.
  • Water is Wonderful – Since our bodies are 60 percent water, it’s always good to drink up and go with the flow to help prevent dehydration, aid in absorption, and stimulate saliva production.
  • Fish, Eggs, and Meat Please – These phosphorous-rich foods ensure enamel stays strong and healthy.

Avoid the Snack Attack

Kids are constantly barraged with sugary foods options, whether it’s brightly-colored boxes on supermarket shelves or flashy commercials trying to sell the latest snack craze. Limit unhealthy, sugary snacks to post-dinner time if necessary. Make sure healthy treats are limited too, as persistent snacking means more fuel for harmful bacteria. If your child shows signs of of dental disease, call your Long Island pediatric dentist for help.

Calcium is Key

This magical mineral is essential for strong teeth and bones. Obvious sources such as cheese, milk, and yogurt are excellent, child-friendly choices. But did you know produce also packs a calcium punch? Collard greens, broccoli, kale, and soybeans are all awesome. Coercing your kid to taste them may be challenging, but with a little coaxing and the right recipes these superfoods can become meal superstars. Remember to limit soda consumption as it can leach calcium from the body.

If you have questions about your little one’s oral health, our Long Island pediatric dental office is always happy to help, providing the best care possible. Your child’s healthy, happy smile is our biggest priority.

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