A healthy diet is imperative for strong teeth and lasting smiles, but foods kids love are often lacking in the nutrition they need to thrive. The good news is, there is a way to help your kids maintain great oral health while pleasing their appetites at lunchtime.
How to Get Your Child to Eat Well
We recommend telling your kids how powerful food can be. Much like their favorite superheroes have magic powers and super strength, the human body is also amazing at turning food into energy and other “powers” we need to have fun.
Clean Teeth with Carrot Sticks & Celery
Fibrous veggies like carrot sticks and celery are not only high in nutrients that sustain a healthy body, but they also act as a natural toothbrush on teeth. Sweeping away small crumbs and food particles that can cause plaque and tartar, these superfoods will help prevent cavities while providing fiber, beta carotene, and folate. They also pack nicely in a lunchbox. Served with a side of ranch dressing or peanut butter, kids love these super-snacks.
Healthy Bones with Yogurt & Dairy
Calcium helps to build bones and teeth. Yogurt and other low-fat dairy foods are great for helping to replenish calcium. You can find fun yogurt options in pouches or tubes that make it easy for you to pack lunches and for kids to eat on-the-go.
Strong Muscles with Lean Protein
Protein helps to maintain the immune system and to build muscle. Protein can be found in dairy products like string cheese, lunch meat like turkey, or plant-based sources like nuts and beans. If your child likes nuts, pack some trail mix with dried fruit for a sweet treat.
Rinse & Hydrate with Water
Water is the best drink to maintain a great smile. It acts as a natural mouthwash and clears the mouth of food particles that can lead to tooth decay. Juice and sodas, on the other hand, create problems by exposing the enamel of teeth to acidic and sugary substances that can lead to cavities. You can find your child’s favorite cartoon character or superhero on a refillable water bottle to make drinking water fun for them.
Questions? We Have Answers
We love talking about how to make dental health fun for kids! Let us know if you or your child have questions about healthy treats and snacks for teeth. If it’s been a while since your last appointment, call to schedule today. We hope to see you soon!
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