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Fueling Smiles: Recommended Foods for Your Child’s Teeth

There are several important aspects to children’s dental health. The one people usually talk about first is dental hygiene habits like proper brushing and flossing techniques. And while these are crucial parts of any dental care routine, incorporating plenty of tooth-friendly foods into your child’s diet is just as vital to their oral health.

Let’s take a look at the menu.

Teeth, just like any other part of the body, require a variety of vitamins and minerals to grow — and stay — strong and healthy. Check out this list of healthy foods for kids and their teeth.

Crunchy fruits and veggies aren’t just high in vitamins and minerals. Their texture is great for removing bacteria from teeth! Add vegetables like raw carrots (which are high in fiber, magnesium, and zinc) into your child’s diet. Apples are also a great option because, in addition to being a source of potassium and vitamin C, their fibrous texture can stimulate gums and reduce cavity-causing bacteria.

Protein is essential for strengthening tooth enamel. Lean meats — especially chicken, turkey, and white fish — are high-protein foods, as are nuts, including low-sugar peanut butter. Meat on the bone has additional benefits, as the bones can provide even more nutrients, such as proteins that can build collagen. Save meat on the bone for older children, as the bones can pose a choking hazard to younger kids.

High-calcium foods are a pediatric nutrition priority, as calcium is vital for building strong bones, including teeth. Milk, yogurt, and some cheeses are all commonly known sources of calcium. They’re also easy snacks to incorporate into your child’s everyday diet. If you have a more adventurous eater, other high-calcium foods include almond milk, fish, kale, and soybeans.

You know what to look for — but what should you avoid?

Helping your child avoid foods that are bad for their teeth is just as important as incorporating foods that are good for them. Be on the lookout for:

Foods that can wear down enamel, particularly sugary drinks and snacks, along with highly acidic items like citrus fruits and juices.

Chewy candy, which can easily get stuck on teeth and lead to cavities. You can also  talk to an orthodontist about chewy candies and other foods kids with braces should avoid.

Starches from white flour eventually break down into sugar that can damage teeth. Common examples include chips, pasta, and white bread.

Are you ready to take your child’s dental health one step further?

Children’s Dentistry is here to give your child the healthiest smile possible with the highest standard of care.  And because we believe that every child deserves access to high-quality dental care, we have affordable options for uninsured patients rates and accept most insurances.

With a simple scheduling process, setting up a visit is fast and easy. Book an appointment  to schedule a checkup and have a pediatric dentist talk with your kids about the impact balanced nutrition can have on their teeth.