Diet Tips to Prevent Dental Problems in Children

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  1. Take Balanced Diet: Take balanced meal with plenty of calcium,  Vitamin D to build strong teeth and keep gums and mouth tissues healthy.
  2. Avoid Sugary Foods: All sugars promote bacterial growth in the mouth that forms acid and results in tooth decay.
  3. Avoid sodas and sweetened juice drinks,  candies, cookies and cakes, honey, maple syrup and other unrefined sugars these causes tooth decay.
  4. Low-fat choices like fresh fruits, raw vegetables,  bread and whole grain crackers are smart choices.Raw carrot, celery, cauliflower,  green beans, and peas are good to have.(Crisp Veggies are ” chewing foods ” that mechanically clean your child’s teeth and gums.)
  5. Vitamin C rich fruits like oranges, lime, papaya, kiwi, cantaloupe, and strawberries help in killing unwanted bacteria which can cause gingivitis. According to dentists, kids should wait at least 30 minutes before brushing their teeth after having citrus foods or drinks.
  6. Sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds contain natural fats that coat teeth and help shield against bacteria. (The oils in the seeds help strengthen enamel, making teeth more resistant to cavities.)

Foods that prevent dental cavities :

  1. Fiber-rich foods
  2. Eggs
  3. Milk
  4. Cocoa Powder
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Cashew Nuts
  7. Fish and poultry
  8. Cheese
  9. Raisins
  10. Sugar – Free Chewing gum.

Tips To Remember:-

  1. Eat a variety of low or nonfat foods from the basic groups.
  2. Avoid sweets between meals.
  3. Choose sugary foods less often.
  4. Make sure your kid bites into his food rather than just swallowing it.Biting helps improve gum health, clears plaque off the teeth.
  5. Avoid junk foods and include protein-rich foods.
  6. Kids should gargle before and after meals.
  7. You can give your kids ice cream, but plain flavors in a cup are better than cone ones with choco chips as they can stick in their teeth and causes harm.
  8. (Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste after snacks and meals.)

Foods to keep away from children :

  1. Carbonated Drinks
  2. Gummy Candies
  3. Hard Candy
  4. Potato Chips
  5. Raisins
  6. Icecream and sorbets
  7. Spong Pudding and other puddings.
  8. Fruit Drinks with high fructose corn syrup.
  9. Bubble Gum
  10. Pastries and fruit pies.
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