A good Pediatric Dentist spends time at each dental appointment discussing oral hygiene. Did you know that nutrition plays as important a role in cavity prevention?
When a child eats foods high in natural or added sugars; the risk for a cavity increases. Today, children tend to eat smaller amounts at any given meal, but snack on a continuous basis throughout the day. We know from the dental literature that the risk of decay increases as children snacking increases. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends reducing the number of times a child snacks throughout the day. By limiting how often a child consumes food or beverages that have sugar, cavities can be prevented. It’s recommended that meals should be a balanced diet of the major food group’s fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy.
Should kids completely give up sugar? Nope, this is not realistic or practical for that matter. Rather it’s important to strategically select what a child should snack on, and limit snacking to one short snack between breakfast and lunch, and one short snack between lunch and dinner. Snacks like potato chips, raisins, dried fruit, and candy can contribute to the cause of cavities and are very difficult for saliva or water to wash away from the tooth.
Some examples of healthy snacks for the teeth are:
- Yogurt and cheese
- Leafy greens, carrots, celery, broccoli, etc…
- Apples, bananas
It’s easy for a Pediatric Dentist to recommend limiting the number of times your child snacks throughout the day. As a parent, we recognize how difficult this task is!
At Peak Pediatric Dentistry we pride ourselves on prevention! Schedule an oral hygiene appointment today and let’s discuss some nutrition strategies on how to prevent cavities.