Whether it’s the weekend or you’re helping your little one pack a lunch, finding healthy meal options can he hard. However, a nutritious lunch can actually improve oral health and give your child more energy during the day. We will also look at the importance of having your child’s teeth cleaned regularly by a dental professional.
Healthy Lunch Options
When you are making a lunch for your little one there are a number of healthy foods that are good for your teeth. Dairy products, including milk, cheese, and yogurt can provide vitamins necessary to strengthen the teeth. Packing fresh fruit with high water content, such as apples, pears, grapes, or melons provide a sweet treat, with the water rinsing the sugars away from the teeth. Raw vegetables, such as cucumber, broccoli, celery, carrots, or cauliflower provide essential nutrients and are good for your child’s smile.
Don’t Be Fooled
There are many snack options that parents assume are healthy alternatives to candy or chips. However, many still contain a high amount of sugar or are sticky, which keeps sugar particles stuck on or between teeth where bacteria can break them down. Snack items to limit include:
- Granola bars
- Oatmeal cookies
- Snacks containing peanut butter
- Snacks that contain a high amount of honey
Like adults, many children benefit from a routine cleaning. During your six month checkup we will examine your child’s smile and decide if a cleaning is necessary to avoid tooth decay or gingivitis. If necessary, we can provide fluoride treatments or dental sealants to further strengthen your child’s teeth against decay-causing bacteria. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit then please contact our office today. We want to help you and your little one enjoy a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.
ABOUT YOUR DALLAS, TX DENTIST:
Dallas TX dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, DDS offers a comfortable dental care employing the latest in cutting-edge dental technology. We strive to make sure our patients in Dallas and Richardson have access to innovative preventive, cosmetic, and restorative procedures. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).