Healthy teeth – from the inside out!

By February 12, 2016Teeth & gums

Teaching kids to brush and floss are two vital steps to keeping their teeth healthy, but that’s only from the outside 스케치업 2019 한글 다운로드! What can you do to help them build healthy teeth and gums from the inside out?

Building the health and strength of teeth works just the same way as building healthy bones or a strong immune system: what you put in is what you get out. Making sure your children get the proper nutrition and dental hygiene training will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Here are some of the foods (and drinks) that help kids to build strong teeth and healthy gums.

Eat these

  • Keep fresh fruits and vegetables that contain lots of water, such as melons, pears, peaches, strawberries, celery, and cucumbers as snacks through the day. Keep the stickier fruit, like raisins, other dried fruits and bananas, for mealtimes.
  • Serve cheese with lunch or as a snack. Cheese, especially cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan and other aged cheeses help to set off the flow of saliva – the most natural form of mouth-rinse!
  • Don’t forget the drinks. Get kids used to drinking plain water from the start and make it a normal part of the drink menu. Remember that fizzy drinks, juices and milk all contain sugars that harm teeth.

Avoid these

  • Cut back on chewy, sticky foods. Think about anything that gets stuck between the teeth, such as raisins, jelly beans, dried figs, health bars, peanut or oatmeal biscuits, toffee, honey and syrup. Rather serve these foods close to a tooth-brushing time.
  • The same goes for savoury snacks that stick to the teeth, such as chips, nachos or crackers. Save these for meal-times, get children to brush their teeth after eating them.
  • Don’t give kids sweet treats as snacks – instead, save them for meal-times and serve as dessert. The mouth produces more saliva at mealtimes, helping to wash food away from the teeth and gums
  • Don’t put your toddler to bed with a bottle filled with juice, milk or formula. If your little one needs a bedtime bottle, fill it with plain water or very weak Rooibos.
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Extra tips

  • Chewing sugar-free gum now and then is not a bad thing for kids. The chewing increases saliva in the mouth, which helps protect your teeth. Remember: now and then!
  • Brush kids’ teeth after they’ve had sticky medicine, such as cough syrups. These medicines may contain sugar that turn to enamel-attacking acids in the mouth.
  • Brush, floss and visit the dentist regularly! Getting children used to the dentist from toddler-age will cut down on anxiety and catch any developing dental problems early.

Joanne Hart for Hello Doctor.