In addition to regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, the food and drinks your child consumes have an important role in maintaining a healthy mouth. Outside of the commonly known advice to avoid sugary foods and drinks, the foods that are safe for teeth are less well known. Below is an outline of some of the best foods for your child's teeth as well as some foods you should only have as a treat and once or twice a week maximum.
A diet that offers a range of nutrients not only helps the teeth and gums grow properly, but it also decreases the risk of tooth decay. Establishing healthy habits early on will help to protect first the baby teeth and then the adult ones as they erupt.
Many baby foods and drinks are surprisingly high in sugar. In fact, almost all foods contain some sugars. Between meals, teeth need time to recover. Try to keep sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes only and not before bedtime. As a rule, note that the only truly safe drinks for baby teeth are milk and water. For healthy teeth, give foods that that provide protein, vitamins A, C, and D, folic acid, calcium, and minerals. These nutrients help strengthen enamel and ensure gum health.
The foods listed above are just some of the options that are safer for teeth. A balanced diet will provide your child with many of the vitamins and minerals the body needs to support a healthy mouth. If you’ve got any questions, talking to your child’s dentist or doctor may help.
Special Considerations for Babies and Toddlers
There are many things to keep in mind depending on your child’s age.
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