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What your child eats affects his or her teeth. Too many carbohydrates, sugar for example, from cake, cookies, candies, milk, and other sugary foods and beveragesand starches for example, pretzels and potato chips can cause tooth decay.
How long carbohydrates remain on the teeth is the main culprit that leads to tooth decay. The best thing you can do as a parent is to teach your child to make healthy food choices. Here are some tooth -friendly foods to serve your children along with some other tips: Offer fruits and vegetables as a snack instead of carbohydrates.
Fruits and vegetables that contain a high volume of water, such as pears, melons, celery, and cucumbers are best. Serve cheese with lunch or as a snack, especially cheddar, Monterey Jack, Swiss, and other aged cheeses which help to trigger the flow of saliva.
Saliva helps to wash food particles away from teeth. Avoid sticky, chewy foods: Raisins, dried figs, granola bars, oatmeal or peanut butter cookies, jelly beans, caramel, honey, molasses, and syrup stick to teeth making it difficult for saliva to wash the sugar away. If your child consumes these types of products, have them brush their teeth immediately after eating.
Serve sugary treats with meals, not as snacks. If you plan to give your child any sweets, give them as desserts immediately following the meal. The mealtime beverage also helps to wash away food particles on teeth. Get your children in the habit of eating as few snacks as possible.
The frequency of snacking is far more important than the quantity consumed. Time between meals allows saliva to wash away food particles that bacteria would otherwise feast on. Frequent snacking, without brushing immediately afterwards, provides constant fuel to feed bacteria, which leads to plaque development and tooth decay.
Try to limit snacks as much as possible and to no more than one or two a day. Brush teeth immediately after consuming the snack if possible. Avoid sugary foods that linger on the teeth. Lollipops, hard candies, cough drops, and mints all contribute to tooth decay because they continuously coat the teeth with sugar.
Buy foods that are sugar-free or unsweetened. Never put your baby to bed with a bottle filled with milk, formula, juice, or soda. Offer your child plain water instead of juice or soda. Juices, sodas, and even milk contain sugar. Water does not harm the teeth and aids in washing away any food particles that may be clinging to teeth.
Good sources include milk, broccoli, and yogurt. If your child chews gum, encourage him or her to choose xylitol-sweetened or sugar-free gum.Did you also know that obesity and oral health are linked? With obesity rates on the rise, learn about the links between obesity and oral health.
new diet fads making top headlines and big brand companies releasing diet versions of top-selling sodas. % of Canadians over 18 years of age are obese and 31% of children are overweight or. Nutrition for Children The Canadian Dental Association is the nation's voice for dentistry dedicated to the promotion of optimal oral health, an essential component of general health, and to the advancement of a unified profession.
Oral Health - General Health; A Common Risk Factor Approach The Borrow Lecture Aubrey Sheiham Impact of Oral Health • The poorer a child’s oral health status, the higher the Number of natural teeth was related to diet. Diet and Dental Health Your body is a complex machine.
The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too. For healthy teeth, food and drinks should be free of added sugar whenever possible.
Tooth decay (dental caries) is a diet related disease. Sugars in the food and drinks you consume mix with the bacteria in the plaque on your teeth and produce acids. Jan 16, · Diet can affect oral health via numerous mechanisms. Dietary deficiencies are known to cause several diseases that manifest as oral changes.
In addition, certain foods have both beneficial and disease-causing capacity, potentially affecting the teeth, periodontal structures, and mucosa.