We all want to help our children maintain excellent oral health so they don’t have to deal with cavities, gum disease, or other dental problems. Many parents focus on oral hygiene when it comes to helping their kids keep their teeth healthy and strong. However, when protecting your child’s oral health, it’s important to focus not just on their oral hygiene routine but also on their diet.
A child’s diet can affect their oral health in a variety of ways. Some foods and beverages are good for teeth and gums, and others can lead to tooth decay. To help make your kid’s diet safe for their oral health, we recommend a diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, in addition to calcium-rich items, like yogurt and milk.
Other specific foods that are good for children’s oral health include:
- Seeds and nuts
- Green vegetables, such as broccoli or spinach
- Apples, carrots, celery, and other crunchy but healthy snacks
- Whole-grain foods
Water is also a vital part of any tooth-healthy diet. When your child drinks water, it not only keeps them hydrated but also clears their mouth of food debris and bacteria, which can help prevent cavities.
We recommend keeping healthy foods and snacks in your home to encourage healthy eating habits, which can help your child grow up with a healthy, bright smile.
Foods that your child should avoid to keep their teeth healthy and strong include:
- Sugary foods and drinks
- Hard or chewy candy
- Starchy foods made with white flour, like sliced bread
It’s always best to cut snacks down to a minimum and to try to substitute sweet or starchy snacks for fruit or vegetables when possible.
Children’s Dentistry in West Chester, OH
At the office of Joel R. Koch, DDS, we provide excellent dental to children of all ages. If your child needs dental services, whether it’s a cleaning and exam or a filling, please contact our dental office for assistance. Our friendly team will happily schedule your child’s consultation with Dr. Koch.
If you have any other questions about safeguarding your child’s oral health, please feel free to contact us as well. We are here to help, and we love educating parents on how to keep their youngest family members’ teeth healthy!