Published: 2017-06-22   Views: 910
Author: HeidiHuang
Published in: Advertising

A child’s general level of health often dictates his or her oral health, and vice versa.  Therefore, supplying children with a well-balanced diet is more likely to lead to healthier teeth and gums.  A good diet provides the child with the many different nutrients he or she needs to grow.  These nutrients are necessary for gum tissue development, strong bones, and to protect the child against certain illnesses.

According to the food pyramid, children need vegetables, fruits, meat, grains, beans, and dairy products to grow properly.  These different food groups should be eaten in balance for optimal results.

How does my child’s diet affect his or her teeth?

Almost every snack contains at least one type of sugar.  Most often, parents are tempted to throw away candy and chocolate snacks – without realizing that many fruit snacks contain one (if not several) types of sugar or carbohydrate.  When sugar-rich snacks are eaten, the sugar content attracts oral bacteria. The bacteria feast on food remnants left on or around the teeth.  Eventually, feasting bacteria produce enamel-attacking acids.

When tooth enamel is constantly exposed to acid, it begins to erode – the result is childhood tooth decay.  If tooth decay is left untreated for prolonged periods, acids begin to attack the soft tissue (gums) and even the underlying jawbone.  Eventually, the teeth become prematurely loose or fall out, causing problems for emerging adult teeth – a condition known as childhood periodontal disease.

Regular checkups and cleanings at the pediatric dentist’s office are an important line of defense against tooth decay.  However, implementing good dietary habits and minimizing sugary food and drink intake as part of the “home care routine” are equally important.

How can I alter my child’s diet?

The pediatric dentist is able to offer advice and dietary counseling for children and parents.  Most often, parents are advised to opt for healthier snacks, for example, carrot sticks, reduced fat yoghurt, and cottage cheese.  In addition, pediatric dentists may recommend a fluoride supplement to protect tooth enamel – especially if the child lives in an area where fluoride is not routinely added to community water.

Parents should also ensure that children are not continuously snacking – even in a healthy manner.  Lots of snacking means that sugars are constantly attaching themselves to teeth, and tooth enamel is constantly under attack.  It is also impractical to try to clean the teeth after every snack, if “every snack” means every ten minutes!

Finally, parents are advised to opt for faster snacks.  Mints and hard candies remain in the mouth for a long period of time - meaning that sugar is coating the teeth for longer.  If candy is necessary, opt for a sugar-free variety, or a variety that can be eaten expediently.

Should my child eat starch-rich foods?

It is important for the child to eat a balanced diet, so some carbohydrates and starches are necessary.  Starch-rich foods generally include pretzels, chips, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Since starches and carbohydrates break down to form sugar, it is best that they are eaten as part of a meal (when saliva production is higher), than as a standalone snack.  Provide plenty of water at mealtimes (rather than soda) to help the child rinse sugary food particles off the teeth.

As a final dietary note, avoid feeding your child sticky foods if possible.  It is incredibly difficult to remove stickiness from the teeth - especially in younger children who tend not to be as patient during brushing.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s general or oral health, please contact your pediatric dentist.

 

Author Bio

This user has not submitted a user bio yet

Article Comments

0 comments.

There are zero comments yet, why not be the first?

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Please log in or register to comment or reply to a comment.

Similar Articles

Solution Of Website Ranking Problem Using SEO Tools How To Achieve High Conversion Rate Through Siteseostatus.com SEO Analyzer | Online SEO Tools | Siteseostatus.com Best SEO Tools | Seo Analysis | Siteseostatus.com 70+ Most Useful SEO Tools In 2017 | Best Seo Analysis | Siteseostatus.com Most Effective SEO Tools In 2017 | Siteseostatus.com Initial Seo Analysis : Online SEO Tools Powered By Siteseostatus.com Can’t Find Your Site On Google? | Use Best SEO Tools | Siteseostatus.com Make Your Website Rank High In Google|Use SEO Tools | Siteseostatus.com Go With Hiring Here | Post A Job | Jobpoket.com Social Bond: Connect With Influencers And Make The Most Of Your Message Over 300,000 Registered Customers: Utsource Benefits Of The 6 Month Smiles Confused Between SEO And SMO..?? Find The Details Using Google Analytics Seo Tools Excel Family Dental: Invisalign How To Grow A New Website To Over 150,000 Organic Visits Per Month | Grow Website Traffic Good Diet Do You Need To Buy Instagram Likes? Top Guidelines To Select Publicity Service Providers For Your Business LED Video Screen Or Projector Display? Who Wins The Battle? Choose The Best Leinwandbilder To Make Your Room Look Elegant And Stylish How Folding Mechanism Of Bicycles Improved Their Usability? What Makes The Riese And Muller Birdy Rohloff Bike The Best Foldable Bike? Attorney Marketing Strategies | Grow My Firm Online A Basic Guide To Choosing A Foldable Bike Tips To Choose The Right Exhibition Staff New York For Your Organization Best 5 Women’s Touring Bikes That You Need To Check Out A Smart Guide To Choosing A Bike Handlebar Bag Most Striking Outdoor Lighting Ideas How Can Elearning Manual Handling Training Help? A Buying Guide For Domestic Pumps Tips On Maintaining A Folding Bike Are Folding Bikes Really Good For Commuting? Manual Handling Course Online – Some Questions Answered The (Not-So) Best Law Firm Advertising Examples | Growmyfirmonline Is Manual Handling Training A Legal Requirement In Ireland? A Few Tips And Suggestions For Packing Bike Panniers Bike Packing Tips And Suggestions Quick Tips For Renting A Bike Things To Consider When Hiring Business Computer Support Waukesha A Quick Guide To The Best Panniers For Your Bike The Best Ways To Transport Luggage On Folding Bikes


Articles Search


Latest Articles