Healthy Eating Leads To Healthy Smiles! If you want healthy and goodlooking teeth as an adult, it is important to take care of them during childhood. Diet is directly linked to the strength and beauty of teeth- malnutrition is the number one cause for weak teeth and junk food is the biggest culprit when it comes to tooth decay. Vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients keep crowns safe from damage and they strengthen them so that your child can enjoy sweets without worry. Naturally, fruits and vegetables are the most important source of nutrients.
Vitamin C is a critical component of dental health. It helps to boost resistance to cavities, and it has the added benefit of strengthening gums. Oranges, kiwis, and strawberries are great sources of Vitamin C and they prevent harmful bacteria from colonizing and contributing to gingivitis. Dairy products are also essential in the fight against tooth decay. Rich in calcium and Vitamin D, milk should be a daily routine for your children. Encourage them to snack on low-sugar yogurt and cheese, because these dairy products raise the pH levels in the mouth (which helps prevent decay) and they reduce the effect of the acids produced by dental plaque.
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Other powerful ingredients are seeds. Try to include seeds like pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds into your kid’s packed lunch- they go perfectly with sandwiches and burgers. Seeds are naturally high in fat content, which is very important for the body; they reinforce the enamel and reduce the chance of cavities. Crunchy vegetables like cauliflower, green beans, carrots, and cabbage are not only delicious and readily available in your local grocery store, but they also provide a unique way of helping teeth through the necessity of extended chewing. The chewing process acts as a tooth cleaner, scrubbing the teeth and removing plaque that gathers after meals. Believe it or not, it is also important to encourage your child to have a piece of sugar-free chewing gum daily. Chewing gum for fifteen minutes after meals
is very efficient in polishing the tooth surface and removing food debris from the crevices. It also increases saliva production, which acts as an anti-bacterial agent. All of these foods will benefit your child’s teeth, but it is also important to avoid the problematic foods that can get stuck between teeth and cause cavities. As a parent, it is important to regulate the amount of sweets and sticky candies that your child consumes. Foods like caramel, taffy, hard candy, and soda can cause major destruction in your child’s mouth. If your child cannot resist sticky sweet temptation, it is a good idea to have some sugar-free gum handy to help protect against the harmful effects of these foods. Last but not the least, maintain the habit of seeing a dentist twice a year and brushing at least twice a day. Regular brushing is the most essential part in maintaining healthy teeth both in childhood and adulthood!
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Published on May 11, 2017
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