Now that children have returned for the new school term (and parents everywhere have given a collective sigh of relief!), it is just as important as ever to ensure that their oral health remains in optimum condition. The packed lunch can often be a bone of contention between parents and children but here Ewood Private Dentist bring you five easy and effective ways to make sure their lunchbox is as tooth-friendly as possible!
This essential mineral aids in the production and maintenance of bone and this includes the teeth. Food high in calcium include cheese, sardines and dark leafy greens, all of which can be made into sandwiches using calcium-fortified bread or crackers. Yogurt is great too but make sure it is a sugar-free variety. To drink, give them low-fat milk.
Chewy is Good!
Chewing encourages the mouth to produce saliva, which is the first step in the digestive process and helps to protect the teeth. Fruits and vegetables such as pears, apples, and carrots are all ideal tasty snacks that will get your little one crunching and chewing!
Vitamin C has many beneficial effects for the body and is also a powerful antioxidant. Citrus fruits are particularly high in this essential nutrient though the acid found within can negate the beneficial effects. Instead, choose tomatoes, papayas, kiwis or even peas – a couple of unpopped pods in your child’s lunchbox will entertain as well as nourish them come lunchtime.
Fruit & Nuts
Dried fruits, particularly raisins, enjoy a healthy status that isn’t so richly deserved as they contain a lot of sugar that is converted to acid in the mouth. Almonds and cashews are much more healthy for the teeth and are also far more satisfying, releasing their nutrients throughout the day.
Protein is one of the most important parts of our diet and is what our body uses to build and regrow. Whether tuna, turkey or beef, these foods are great for the body and do not have a high sugar content so are good for the teeth too.
The dental health of children is extremely important and establishing a good routine now will directly influence your child’s attitude toward looking after their teeth when they are older. The work starts with you and then is ably supported by Lancashire Dental Private Dentist and Orthodontist, who will expertly guide your child to a lifetime of good oral health.