Some foods protect your child’s teeth… Get to know them
Pay attention to your child’s diet to protect their teeth. Never forget this rule. Some foods may cause cavities in their teeth at an early age, while other foods will help them get strong teeth. So what can they eat?
Protect your child’s teeth with food
To prevent decayed teeth
- Watch out for unseen cavity causes. Do you know what that means? Some foods may taste salty, but are in reality rich in carbohydrates that cause cavities. So don’t let your child eat too many salty crackers.
- Teach them to drink fruit juices, but only moderately. They’re natural and rich in vitamins, but they’re acidic, which means that drinking them too much can harm their teeth. So don’t let them have more than one glass a day, and replace it every now and then with fruit cubes.
- Did you know that some medicines contain sugar? Make your child wash their mouth well with water after taking them, especially if they’re taking the medicine before going to sleep.
Favor these foods
- First, never let your child skip breakfast. All studies show that this increases chances of cavities. This happens because hunger makes them eat candy and sweets.
- Add calcium to all their meals. Until the age of 3, they should drink half a litre of milk or its equivalent every day. After that, they need 600 to 800 mg of calcium, i.e. 3 to 4 portions of dairy products every day. So focus on cheese, as it is rich in calcium and phosphorus, which protect their teeth from acids effects.
- Don’t prevent them from eating chocolate, but don’t let them eat too much of it. This is because it melts quickly, meaning they don’t last on their teeth for a long time. It is also rich in phosphorus and fluoride, which are necessary for their protection.
- Also try to give them food chopped into little pieces. Sticky and soft foods stick to their teeth for much longer, and increase contact between the sugar they contain and the tooth enamel. So teach them how to chew well and clean their teeth properly afterwards.