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Diet and nutrition help keep your child’s smile healthy.

Questions & Answers

Diet & Nutrition

How does diet and nutrition affect my child’s smile?

Diet and nutrition play an important role in your child’s oral and overall health. For example, too much sugar can increase their risk of cavities. Poor nutrition also increases your child’s risk of developing damaging dental conditions as well as problems with their general growth, development and health.

What nutrients are most beneficial to my child?

Your child has a unique metabolism, and some nutrients may be more beneficial to them than others. Many nutrients work to help keep your child’s teeth and mouth healthier, such as vitamin A, which aids in tooth formation, and vitamin B, which helps the gums, teeth and tongue function properly. Our pediatric dentist will discuss your child’s needs with you and help determine the type of diet and nutrients that are right for them.

How can I help my child eat healthy?

Here are a few tips on helping your child maintain a balanced and nutritious diet:

  • Read food labels
  • Limit your child’s consumption of sugary foods and carbohydrates
  • Provide them with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Limit their consumption of sugary drinks
  • Encourage them to drink more water
  • Provide foods high in calcium and phosphorous
  • Help your child brush after each meal and floss daily

Diet & Nutrition


Your child’s diet and nutrition play an important role in their oral and overall health. Our pediatric dentist will review your child’s diet with you during their regular dental visits and may make recommendations on ways you can adjust their diet to ensure they receive proper nutrition and keep their teeth healthy. If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment at Pediatric Dentistry and Braces, give us a call today!