In addition to good oral hygiene and routine dental care, a nutritious diet plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy smile. At the office of Perry L. Jeffries, DDS and Associates, PA, our goal is to help every child establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of oral health. As part of a comprehensive program of preventive care, we provide guidance on the importance of a healthy diet and ample information on foods that contribute to dental disease as well as those that support strong smiles.
Many children love sweet treats, but as everyone knows, foods and drinks that are loaded with sugar or ones that are highly acidic are bad for the teeth. In the absence of good oral care, these dietary indiscretions increase a child’s risk of tooth decay and its consequences.
Encouraging healthy snacking is essential. Sticky candies along with ones that linger in the mouth for a long time are particularly bad for the teeth. When candies and sweets are consumed, it’s always a good idea to brush the teeth and rinse with water. Remember, babies should never sleep with a bottle filled with milk or juices, and children should steer clear of sodas as well as highly sweetened energy drinks.
Even though some foods and drinks can be harmful to a child’s oral health, other foods are rich in nutrients that boost resistance to dental disease. Foods that support oral health are ones that have a high content of the minerals calcium and phosphorous as well as ones rich in vitamins D and C. Furthermore, crunchy fruits and vegetables that are high in water produce more saliva to allow for better cleansing of the teeth. And, drinking water throughout the day is another healthy habit that supports overall well-being.
At the office of Perry L. Jeffries, DDS and Associates, PA, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.
By Perry L. Jeffries, DDS and Associates, PA
September 20, 2019