Your Child’s Nutrition & Their Dental Health [BLOG]
Nutrition plays a vital role in a child’s dental health. Developing healthy eating patterns at a young age is the best way to ensure your child is on the right path to strong systemic health.
Our Dental Hygienist Nikki, who has been with our office for nine years, recommends parents closely monitor their children’s diets.
“Many parents work, which results in other family members, day care centers, and schools caring for their children. It’s important for parents to ask questions and be aware of their children’s routines, such as if they’re allowed to brush at school and what they eat for lunch/snacks.”
Influences outside of the home can indicate eating patterns that the child’s parents may not be aware of, thus the issue goes unaddressed.
“Most people understand that a high sugar diet can result in an increased risk for decay but swear they don’t give their children sugar or juice. When you dig deeper, someone else may be doing so, not knowing it’s not allowed at home.”
Sticky and sugary snacks are problematic for children because they get stuck in the deep grooves of their teeth and can cause cavities. Parents should avoid giving their children sticky foods and snacks, such as gummies, raisins, etc.
Nikki recommends helpful ways to ensure your children are minimizing their chances of developing tooth decay.
“Rinsing after all meals and drinks with water is important and so is drinking more water throughout the day and in between meals. We recommend offering juice, milk, and soda at meal times only, if necessary.”
Nikki and our team at Perfect Smiles are passionate about educating parents and children on the importance of being proactive.
“We can review and dispense brochures from the office to educate patients and parents further on everything discussed in the visit, including fluoride, sealants, restorative needs and diet/PH scales of common food and drinks.”