GOOD NUTRITION IS ESSENTIAL
for a child’s healthy growth and development. It’s also important
for their dental health! A good diet can help your child build strong,
healthy teeth, while poor eating habits puts your child at a higher risk
of tooth decay.
You may understand how important nutritious meals are, but one thing some
parents struggle with is snack time. Here are our best tips on how to make sure your child’s snack time
Not All Snacks Are Created Equal
Stay away from starchy, sticky or sugary foods during snack time, like
dried fruit, crackers, chips and cookies.
These types of snacks can stick to the teeth for long periods of time,
potentially causing cavities. For snack time it’s best to opt for fruits, vegetables, nuts, yogurt
If You Indulge, Do It During Mealtime
Don’t worry, we don’t expect you or your child to never eat
sweets or starches. There is a better time to eat them than at snack time,
however, and that is during meals!
That’s because it’s not just important what you eat, but when you eat. At mealtime, there is an increased amount of saliva in the mouth that
can help wash away those starches or sugary treats, counteract acid-producing
bacteria and remineralize teeth.
Watch Out For Added Sugars
Almost all foods have some type of sugar in them. Naturally occurring sugars–like
those found in milk and vegetables–are less worrisome, since these
choices are healthy overall.
What you want to keep an eye out for when choosing snacks are added sugars.
According to the American Dental Association, added sugar consumption should
be limited to less than 10 percent of total energy intake, ideally less
than five percent. To put things in perspective,
one can of soda is equivalent to three times the daily recommended sugar
intake of a child! Think before you drink!
Choose Beverages Wisely
On that note, we’d like to advise parents to choose their children’s
Soda and juice may be
your child’s preferred drinks, but milk and water are much healthier choices.
Good sources of calcium, like milk, aid in building strong teeth and bones
and water helps to wash away food particles that may be clinging to teeth,
thus protecting against decay.
Sip All Day, Get Decay
Whether your child is drinking milk, juice or soda, don’t let them
sip it throughout the day. Constant consumption of either food or drink
is harmful for teeth, because
not only are you feeding yourself, you’re also feeding the cavity-causing
bacteria that reside in your mouth. Limit snacking to once or twice a day and have your child sip on water.
If they drink anything that contains sugar, have them drink it during
mealtimes or all at once.
Your Family’s Health Is Our Priority
If you have any tips or healthy snack ideas that your kids love, leave
it in the comments below! We always love new recipes! At Sunny Days Dental
, we care about the health of your whole family. Proper nutrition, especially at snack time, will ensure healthy smiles
for you and your children for a lifetime!
Thank you so much for becoming part of our dental home!