At Your Dental Office in Toronto, we often see tooth decay and teeth damage due to sugary snacks and drinks. Children's teeth are especially at risk for decay. To keep kid's teeth healthy opt for healthier snacks and dental hygiene.
When it comes to healthy snacks, it's best to stick to those that are low in sugar and acid because these things can lead to tooth decay -- cavities. Furthermore, snacks that contain beneficial ingredients such as calcium and phosphorus can make for good snacks as can those that stimulate saliva production.
So what are good snacks?
- Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as celery and apples actually serve to "brush" the teeth.
- Cheese, nuts, and yogurts contain both calcium and phosphorous.
- Oatcakes are good for the teeth and low in calories.
Not all of these snacks are that appetizing to kids, which is why parents or teachers may have to take extra steps to make them fun. For example, plain celery isn't that appealing, but adding peanut butter and raisins or other fruits, vegetables, or nuts, can be. This is also a great example of a food that kids can help prepare, making it more fun for them. In the same vein, fruit kabobs are fun to put together and eat, all while being healthier snack options.
Avoid sugary food such as cookies or candy, especially those that are gummy. Stay away from carbonated drinks, which can wear away tooth enamel. Don't forget about drinks, either. Many juices can be sugary and acidic, so they're not good for your teeth, either. Tea, milk, and water are the best drinks to enjoy with a snack.
Of course, it's not just what kids eat but what they do after they eat that can impact dental health. Some people think it's best to brush right away after a meal or snack, but brushing too soon after eating can grind sugar and acid into the teeth, thus weakening them, so it's best to wait for 30 minutes after eating.
By offering your kids healthy snacks you provide them with energy and let them gain the nutrients that they need daily. If you have any questions about kids' oral health visit Your Dental Office in Toronto today.