Believe it or not. What we eat will reflect on our teeth! Surprised? No its true that our diet will eventually have an effect on the our teeth,, like it effect our general health.
Food including carbohydrates such as cake, cookies, candies, milk, and other sugary foods and beverages, and starches like pretzels and potato chips can cause tooth decay. Basically it depend upon the amount of carbohydrates remains on the teeth which culprit to tooth decay.
Best thing we can do is to teach children to make healthy food choices. Here are some tooth-friendly foods to serve your children along with some other tips:
- Fruits and vegetables: Offer them as a snack instead of carbohydrates. Remind to pick a high volume of water contained Fruits and vegetables , such as pears, melons, celery, and cucumbers etc. Limit banana and raisin consumption as these contain concentrated sugar or if you serve these fruits, try to brush your child’s teeth immediately after they are eaten.
- Cheese:Serve with lunch or as a snack, especially cheddar, Monterey Jack, Swiss, and other aged cheeses which help to trigger the flow of saliva. Saliva helps to wash food particles away from teeth.
- Avoid sticky, chewy foods:Raisins, dried figs, granola bars, oatmeal or peanut butter cookies, jelly beans, caramel, honey, molasses, and syrup stick to teeth making it difficult for saliva to wash the sugar away.
- Serve sugary treats with meals, not as snacks. If you plan to give your child any sweets, give them as desserts immediately following the meal. There’s usually an increased amount of saliva in the mouth around mealtime.
- Get your children in the habit of eating as few snacks as possible. Frequent snacking, without brushing immediately afterwards, provides constant fuel to feed bacteria, which leads to plaque development and tooth decay.
- Avoid sugary foods that linger on the teeth. Lollipops, hard candies, cough drops, and mints all contribute to tooth decay because they continuously coat the teeth with sugar.
- Buy foods that are sugar-free or unsweetened.
- Never put your baby to bed with a bottle filled with milk, formula, juice, or soda.
- Offer your child plain water instead of juice or soda.
- Include calcium in your child’s diet to build strong teeth.