What children eat and drink can have a big impact on their dental health. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month, try incorporating some tooth-friendly choices into your family’s routine. But don’t forget to encourage good brushing and flossing habits as well!
The saying “milk does a body good” is also true for teeth. Calcium, the main nutrient found in milk, is vital for healthy teeth. Dairy products, such as milk, yogurt and cheese, are some of the most common sources of calcium. Some fish, green leafy vegetables and calcium-fortified juices will also give your family the calcium they need.
Kids love sweets, but they won’t love the cavities that can accompany them. Every time a sugary snack is consumed, damaging acids form in the mouth and continue to affect teeth for at least 20 minutes before they neutralize. Instead of offering sweets for snacks, give your family nutritious food options such as plain yogurt, a piece of fruit or raw vegetables.
Another kid favorite is juice, but did you know it can contain as much sugar as soda? Like sugary foods, when these drinks sit on teeth, they can cause cavities. To make sure your kids are getting the recommended amount of fruit, offer fresh choices such as apples, blueberries and strawberries. Try to limit the amount of juice consumed by offering milk and water instead.
You can also use National Tooth Fairy Day on February 28 to get kids excited about good dental health habits. Tell them the Tooth Fairy prefers to collect healthy teeth, which they can achieve by eating nutritious foods – and brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly.