February 3, 2016 – Prestige Preschool Academy
Good Foods for Kids’ Teeth
Candy for kids is not on the “good” list, but here are some foods that are actually good for your child’s teeth! Since February is Children’s Dental Health month, here is a list of some dental hygiene heroes. Your child will benefit and the dentist will be impressed.
Oranges, kiwis, strawberries, limes, and peppers
Fruits high in Vitamin C in fruits such as oranges, limes, kiwis, cantaloupe, papaya, and strawberries help kill bacteria in the mouth and promotes a healthy supply of collagen in the gums that encourage healthy teeth. Other good vegetable sources: red, yellow, and orange peppers; tomatoes; and sweet potatoes. After eating, wait for about 30 minutes before brushing.
Milk, yogurt, and cheese
Sugar feeds other types of bacteria in your child’s mouth that produce cavity-causing acid. When your child drinks milk or eats yogurt or cheese — which are rich in calcium, vitamin D, and phosphate — it raises the pH level in his mouth, lowers acid levels, and reduces the risk of tooth decay, says Ray J. Jurado, DDS, director of pediatric dentistry at Children’s Memorial Hospital, in Chicago.
Raw carrots, celery, cauliflower, green beans, and snap peas
Crisp veggies are “chewing foods” that mechanically clean your child’s teeth and gums. “These foods naturally scrape away plaque that builds up between meals or that kids miss when brushing,” says family dentist Jimmy Wu, DDS, of San Diego. Encourage your child to eat slowly and to completely chew each crunchy mouthful.
Sesame, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds, and nuts
Nuts and seeds contain natural fats that coat teeth and help shield against bacteria, says Dr. Wu. The oils in the seeds help strengthen enamel, making teeth more resistant to cavities, and most seeds also contain calcium. Kids older than 4 can eat trail mix as a healthy snack.
The Dentist “No No” List
If your kid eats these, be sure he brushes well afterward.
- Gummy candy (even vitamins)
- Carbonated drinks
- Fruit drinks with high-fructose corn syrup
- Bubble gum (with sugar)
- Potato chips
- Hard candy
Original article by Gina Roberts -Grey, Parents Magazine, found here: Smile Savers