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. A balanced diet is one that includes the following major food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, beans and milk. Most snacks that children eat can cause cavity formation. The more frequently a child snacks, the greater the chance for tooth decays. And the longer the food remains in the mouth, the higher the risk for the teeth to become weaker. Do not nurse a young child to sleep or put him to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, juice or sweetened liquid. Residual liquid in the mouth feeds bacteria that produce acids and attack the teeth while your child sleeps. Protect your child from severe tooth decay by putting him to bed with nothing more than a pacifier or bottle of water.
Simple tips for your child’s diet and dental health
1. Ask your pediatric dentist to help assess your child’s diet.
2. Shop smart! Do not routinely stock your pantry with sugary or starchy snacks. Reserve fun foods for special
3. Limit frequency of snacks; choose nutritious snacks.
4. Provide a balanced diet.
5. Do not put young child to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice.
6. If your child chews gum or sips soda, choose those without sugar.