Nutrition is an important factor in the growth and development of your child’s mind and body. Pediatric dentists go so far as to recommend that fruits and vegetables make up half of a child’s daily food intake as part of a regimen for good oral health.
Oatmeal is a popular favorite with kids especially on a cold winter morning. It is a good source of the grain that is part of a recommended daily diet. Meat and dairy products also appear on the wheel chart of dietary needs. Low fat milk is regularly advised as are lean meats, poultry and fish.
Vitamins are common supplements for a diets lacking in certain nutrients. Vitamin D is particularly good for keeping our teeth strong. The best way to get a healthy dose of vitamin D is to enjoy time in the sun but eggs and fish are good secondary sources.
The enamel coating is what protects the teeth from being invaded by the plaque that is produced when acidic foods combine with bacteria. The minerals that are destroyed when this happens can be replenished by eating foods high in calcium like cheese, milk or seafood. Eating crisp vegetables will help to get rid of harmful plaque before it can turn into tartar.
Try to stick to a rigid schedule of nutritious meals and limit in between snacking. That’s good advice but is it feasible? There will be times when you are not in control of what your child eats but if you have set a good example through your own dietary habits and if you have stressed the importance of keeping their teeth clean and strong children will usually make healthy choices on their own. Having a supportive pediatric dentist and hygienist in your corner is a big advantage.
If you can steer your child clear of sugary soda pop and ades popularly advertised as “sports drinks” you will be way ahead of the game. These beverages are known contributors to the onslaught of tooth decay among today’s children.
Refer to the Dentist4Kidz website for answers to common parental concerns and call the office @ 303-3671502 to consult with Dr. Lewis.