Good Diet = Healthy Teeth
Healthy eating habits offer a world of benefits for your well-being – including healthy teeth! Like the rest of the body, the teeth, bones and the soft tissues of the mouth need a well-balanced diet. These days, popular snacks that children eat (fruit snacks, granola bars, candy) can lead to cavities and other dental problems. How long food remains in the mouth also plays a role in the level of decay. For example, hard candy and breath mints stay in the mouth a long time, which cause longer acid attacks on tooth enamel.
If your child must snack (and eating anytime), try to select those nutritious foods from the five food groups, such as low-fat dairy, fresh and cooked vegetables, meats and whole grains – all are healthy alternatives to high-sugar grazing..
How to prevent cavities
Brushing your teeth twice daily helps to remove bacteria and the food particles left over from eating that can create cavities. For babies, use a wet gauze or clean washcloth to wipe the plaque from teeth and gums. Avoid ‘propping the bottle’ or putting your child to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water.
Diet plays a role as well (as mentioned above) so it’s always a good idea to try and limit sugar. Especially hard candies and mints – things that stay in the mouth for a while and have a solid amount of time to begin their attack on your child’s teeth.
Our office might also suggest protective sealants or home fluoride treatments for your child. Sealants can be applied to your child’s molars to prevent decay on hard to clean surfaces.
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