A Good Diet = Healthy Teeth!

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Believe it or not, a consistent diet of candy bars and sugary drinks may not be the best thing for your child’s dental health!

Naturally, healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth! Like the rest of the body, the teeth, bones and the soft tissues of the mouth need a well-balanced diet. Children should eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups. Many snacks and sugar-coated goodies often lead to cavity formation – so the more candy, junk food and generally unhealthy snacks your child eats, the greater chance he or she has for developing tooth decay.

Interestingly, how long food remains in the mouth also plays a role in preventing or encouraging cavities. For example, hard candy and breath mints stay in the mouth a long time, which cause longer acid attacks on tooth enamel. Help your child by offering nutritious foods such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese which are healthier and better for children’s teeth.

Pro Tip:

Not all food and snacks have to be “boring” in order to be healthy. Try finding sweet-tasting healthy alternatives to junk food to keep in your home. There are many varieties of sugar-free candy, snacks and gum if your child is craving something sweet!