Foods That Can Benefit or Deter Your Child’s Oral Health

 

 

Taking care of kids teeth goes beyond just having them to brush and floss. What they eat also has an effect on their dental health, and getting kids to eat healthy snacks can be a challenged. If you need a children’s dentist, or have questions about what foods are safe for children’s teeth, Woodbridge Kids Dentistry in Vaughan would be happy to help. Every kid’s tastes and allergies are different, so read through this guide for healthy options and tailor it to suite your child.

Fruit and Vegetables

While fruits and veggies have a lot of important vitamins and minerals that are essential for kids health, they are also packed with citric acid, which can be damaging to the enamel on teeth. Try giving kids fruits and vegetable that are lower in citrus, like melons, celery, cucumbers, and pears. Bananas and raisins are also good too, but have a high concentration of natural sugar that can cause tooth decay, so make sure your kids are brushing right after they eat these.

Seeds and Nuts

Seeds and nuts are full of protein that are important for their development, and  help support healthy teeth and gums. Try to get kids to eat raw, unsalted or unsweetened nuts, such as almonds, walnuts or peanuts. Be aware of your child’s allergies first before giving any of these to them.

Low-fat Dairy

Dairy products are full of calcium, which supports stronger teeth. Dairy can be high in fat, so opt for low-fat options, like yogurt or cheese. Try cheddar cheese with apples or celery sticks spread with cream cheese and sunflower seeds for tasty treats.

Whole Grains

Whole grains are full of fibre, protein and other essential vitamins that are important for developing children. They also make great snacks. Try toasted whole grain pita triangles with hummus  or whole grain crackers with cheddar cheese for a tasty and healthy snack your kids will be sure to love.

What to Avoid

Sugary snack like candy or pastries might sound more appealing to kids, but they are packed with sugar that can be damaging to teeth. Foods that are high in starch, which includes muffins, breads, and bagels that have been made with white flour are also high in carbohydrates, break down into sugar after they are eaten. These high-sugar and high-starch foods also will increase bacteria in the mouth is damaging for the tooth enamel and causes decay. While these snacks are alright once in awhile, kids shouldn’t be eating them on a regular basis.

Do you have questions or need a dentist for your child? Call Woodbridge Kids Dentist today at (905) 264-1543 and get started on your child’s dental health!