Some foods on the market today are just not meant to help you maintain your dental health. They are sticky, sugary, and will cause decay. It is best to teach your kids (and yourself) to avoid these foods in the first place to keep your oral health.
- Water – A lot of kids drink extra sugars each day in juice boxes. They are so convenient and easy to pack, but they also can destroy teeth. Give your child’s mouth a rest and pack them a reusable water bottle instead. Water helps to wash away the sugars from other foods, keeping your teeth safe. It also can contain fluoride, which helps to strengthen the enamel of your teeth instead of eating away at it.
- Fruits and Vegetables – The high fiber content in fruits and vegetables actually acts like a natural toothbrush. It also helps to stimulate the saliva that your mouth produces, helping to wash away and food that gets stuck in your teeth or sugars that are left over.
- Dairy Products – Dairy products carry a dose of much needed calcium for healthy bones and teeth. Milk, yogurt and cheeses are an excellent choice to pack in lunch boxes.
- Nuts and Seeds – Nuts and seeds have important vitamins and minerals that work to keep your body healthy. Almonds are another great source of calcium. Just be sure to check your child’s school policy for sending in nuts and seeds. They may have a nut-free zone or be completely nut free to help kids with allergies. If they are allowed, try making your own homemade trail mix.
- Soda – Soda is a huge culprit in tooth decay. The sugars from soda can stick to your teeth for hours, causing damage. They also contain very high amounts of sugar, which can cause all sorts of unhealthy balances in the rest of your body. Don’t think diet drinks are any better for you. While they may not contain the same amount of sugar, they may contain other chemicals that are just as bad, if not worse, to take their place.
- Chewable Vitamins – This one is a little known cause of tooth decay. Most parents think they are doing a good thing by giving their children chewable vitamins, when they are actually made out of a very sticky substance that gets stuck in between teeth, causing areas of decay.
- Dried Fruits – In the drying process, fruits like grapes and apricots pick up a lot of extra sugars. They become more concentrated and sticky, which leads to more of these being stuck inside your teeth. Opt for the fresh natural version instead.
- Starchy Foods – Foods like white bread, French fries, potato chips and pasta can easily cling to teeth, causing concern. Instead, opt of whole grains and other versions of the same foods that won’t leave a sticky residue on your teeth.
Starting early will help your children keep their oral health. Make an appointment as soon as possible to have a regular cleaning. Give us a call today so we can get you scheduled!