A healthy diet will contribute to healthy teeth! Get the school year started off on the right foot by regularly including these tooth-healthy foods in your child’s lunchbox.
- Crunchy Fruits & Veggies
Balance out your child’s meal with protein, a nutrient that’s important for tooth health and your child’s growing body. A lunch high in protein will help your child feel fuller longer, so a rumbly tummy won’t distract them at school. Chicken breast, Greek yogurt, nuts, and tuna are all tasty, filling options.
Fresh fruits and veggies are a fantastic snack to include in your kid’s lunchbox. Fruits and veggies like raw apples, celery, jicama, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower provide a refreshing crunch and are packed with nutrients that will strengthen and enrich your child’s teeth. Additionally, these fibrous fruits and veggies will actually help to clean your child’s teeth and will stimulate the production of saliva for an oral health boost mid-way through the day.
A string cheese, small carton of milk, or a low-sugar yogurt are each a creamy delight that can add a healthy dose of calcium and phosphorus to your child’s lunch. Calcium and phosphorus are essential minerals for strong and healthy teeth since they are found in the crystalline mineral structure of tooth enamel, the protective shield on teeth. In particular, minimally processed cheeses can help form a temporary protective shield around your child’s teeth. Cheese contains enzymes that decrease mouth acidity and the presence of bad bacteria, which will also reduce your child’s risk of plaque and tooth decay.
Dental Care for the Whole Family
Here at Hillstream Dental, we welcome patients of all ages, including kids! If you didn’t make it in to see us this summer, we can schedule appointments for your whole family this fall. We have dental offices in Rochester Hills and St. Clair Shores. Contact us today!Contact Us