Keeping a fussy young eater fed is often enough of a challenge, so it can be a daunting task to make sure your child’s diet is a completely healthy one.
We often forget that the role that food plays towards our children’s developing teeth and mouth.
Whilst you’ll never slow kids down – there are some simple food rules to know and understand that will allow you to make sure that your child grows up with a healthy smile.
Growing bodies need a wide and range of nutrients, minerals and vitamins. This is also true for your children’s teeth.
A balanced diet of fresh vegetables, salads, whole-grains and protein is important as it promotes the natural fibrous chewing actions that are needed for your child’s jaw to develop normally.
Make sure your kids get enough calcium, the building blocks of teeth. Two serves of milk, cheese and yoghurt intake is essential for healthy and normal development.
Refined sugar is everywhere in the modern diet, and it’s still the number one cause of tooth decay. While the classic sources of sugar like sweets, confectioneries and soft drinks are widely known, it’s important to be aware of foods that have high amounts of sugar that you may not have been aware of.
Some foods to watch out for are
Keeping water intake high is important to maintain saliva flow and to act as a natural cleanser of the oral cavity. Saliva is the mouths protection mechanism, that kills bacteria and clears food debris from the surfaces of the tooth.
Kids should drink around 6-8 glasses of tap water per day. In most parts of Australia fluoride is added to tap water. Added fluoride has been proven to decrease rates of dental decay in children.
Every time your child puts food in their mouth it stimulates acid production. This softens enamel and puts an added unwanted strain on his or her teeth. The more often this happens the more susceptible your child is to the harmful effects of bacteria located in food and plaque.
By minimizing eating times you are reducing the amount of acid exposure to your child’s teeth.
Whilst rule number 4 is important – kids appetites are often hard to satisfy and snacking may be sometimes necessary to keep hungry stomachs at bay!
In this case, it’s important to make sure you’re providing foods that don’t put your child at risk of tooth decay or dental disease. The worst type of snack your child can have are sticky sweets, these should be avoided as much as possible and if consumed, directly after meals and with a cup of water nearby!
Try these healthy ideas for snacks that your kids will love:
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