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.
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.
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