What Should My Child be Eating?

Learn more about how your child’s diet can affect their oral health.

While the foods your child consumes can certainly improve or negatively impact their health, did you know that it can also affect the health of their smile? That’s right! And with your child’s smile constantly growing it’s important that they get all the nutrients they need. VegtablesFrom the office of your Weston, FL pediatric dentist Dr. Yedda Gomes-Ruane, find out what foods your child should and shouldn’t eat.

Snack on Fruits and Veggie

While snacking isn’t a huge no-no, it’s important that your little one is eating the right kind of snacks. Instead of letting them eat cookies, chips or fruit snacks, replace these sugar-laden treats with apples, pears, cucumbers and snap peas, which can help to remove plaque from teeth and keep teeth clean between brushing.

Yes Please to Cheese!

Cheese can also make a yummy and smile-healthy snack since it is loaded with calcium, which makes for strong bones and teeth and also increases salivary flow, which can help wash away food particles responsible for decay. Just be aware that with cheese’s high-fat content it’s best for your child to enjoy cheese in moderation or alongside a generous helping of refreshing fruits and vegetables.

Water, Water Everywhere!

Fruit juices and sodas are loaded with added sugar, which can wreak havoc on teeth. That’s why our Weston, FL children’s dentist recommends drinking water as much as possible to stay hydrated and to keep teeth clean. If it’s challenging to get your child to drink water opt for a flavored water that doesn’t contain sugar.

Got Milk?

Just like cheese, other dairy products like yogurt and milk also contain calcium and phosphate, which are two amazing nutrients for the development of healthy teeth and bones.

Just Say No...to Sugar

It goes without saying that unrefined sugar is a major contributor to decay. If you want to protect your child’s teeth, then you will want to stay away from desserts and sugary treats as much as possible. While the occasional splurge won’t do too much damage, enjoying a daily diet of soda and chips can also mean disaster for your child’s developing smile.

Do you have questions about your child’s diet? Need to schedule their six-month dental cleaning in Weston, FL? Then turn to Dentistry for Children at Weston for all of your little one’s smile needs.

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