A healthy diet can help to prevent tooth decay and other issues.
Every parent wants to keep their child healthy, and when it comes to oral health, there are a few important factors to consider. Strong teeth are essential for a number of reasons — they allow your child to eat and speak properly, and contribute to a happy smile. In order to maintain your child’s healthy teeth and gums, it is key that you encourage them to eat a balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in whole foods. Read on to find out more about the role that nutrition plays in oral health, and which foods to include in your child’s diet…
What should your child eat?
A balanced diet should include plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains. Lean proteins are an excellent addition to a good diet, while dairy products have a number of health benefits as well. Although it’s important that you offer your child healthy and balanced meals every day, it’s also advisable that you pay attention to their snacks.
Try to avoid foods and drinks that are packed with sugar — these include candy, biscuits, juice and carbonated beverages. Sugar can contribute considerably to the development of tooth decay, so it is better to provide your child with snacks that won’t damage their teeth.
Some good options include fresh fruits, natural yoghurt and cheese. Crunchy and fibrous fruits and vegetables like apples, cucumber and celery promote the production of saliva in the mouth and help to keep the teeth clean. A good guideline is to avoid sugary and acidic foods, as well as high carbohydrate snacks with little nutritional value. Instead opt for foods that are packed with nutrients that promote oral health, such as calcium and magnesium.
How else can you maintain healthy teeth?
Besides offering your child a diet that is low in sugar and high in nutritious, whole foods, it is also important that you set a good example for them when it comes to oral hygiene. Teach your child the importance of habits like brushing and flossing from an early age, and make regular dental appointments a norm in your family. Young children are not able to thoroughly clean their own teeth, so be sure to help your child with brushing and flossing until they are old enough to master proper techniques. If you have questions or concerns about how to brush your child’s teeth, don’t hesitate to discuss them with your dentist who will be able to provide you with the information that you need.
How can we help?
At Oracare, we value your child’s wellbeing, which is why we offer a range of paediatric dentistry services. We encourage parents to bring their children in to see us at around their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth erupting.
During your child’s first dental check-up, out team will assess the growth and development of their teeth and look for any signs of early decay. By familiarising your child with our dental practice at a young age, they are likely to become comfortable with dental appointments and hopefully prevent any fear or anxiety about the experience.
We also welcome Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS) patients at our practice and provide eligible patients between the ages of two and 17 years old with a range of dental services, including check-ups, professional cleans, root canals and extractions.
To find out more about our children’s dentistry services and how we can help to maintain your child’s smile, please have a look here.
If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch here or give us a call on (07) 3286 6914. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our practice in Cleveland.