Nutrition Tips for Healthy Teeth
Written by Kathy Bassman on September 23, 2015
Another important way to keep your child’s mouth healthy is to ensure proper nutrition. Read the suggestions below and thank you for visiting us at Saddle Rock Pediatric Dentistry of Aurora, CO.
Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and have a good-looking smile. What’s more, a good diet is essential for a child’s growth and development. Almost all foods, including milk or vegetables, have some type of sugar, which can contribute to tooth decay. To help control the amount of sugar your child consumes, always try to read food labels and choose foods and beverages that are low in added sugars. Also, select beverages, such as water, that hydrate and contribute to good nutrition.
What to Eat:
According to MyPlate, a website from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture, a balanced diet should include:
Fruits and vegetables. Combined these should be half of what your child eats every day.
Grains. Make sure at least half of their grains are whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice.
Dairy. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods.
Lean proteins. Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish. Try to vary protein choices to include eggs, beans, peas and legumes, too. Eat at least 8 oz. of seafood a week.
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