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A Balanced Diet Is Essential For Child’s Oral Hygiene

November 11, 2020 - by Dr. Alpa Dalal - in Community, Health

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You might want to hide the bag of cookies in a remote kitchen cabinet after reading this as it concerns your child’s dental health. Your child’s mouth is a doorway to the rest of his or her body. The culprit behind your kid’s toothache can be too many carbohydrates and sugars from consuming cakes, candies, or potato chips. By establishing a balanced diet, you can promote oral hygiene and facilitate the growth and development of his body.

How can Diet influence the development of the Oral Cavity?
Nutritional imbalance during the period of active growth of your child can hinder development and lead to early onset of enamel erosion. Deficiency of Vitamin A and D has been associated with hypoplasia of the enamel and you can confirm this with your local dentist.

This is why it is important to give your child food sources rich in vitamins and minerals such as fruits and vegetables, especially ones with high water content will make an optimum choice for oral health. So go ahead and grab some cucumbers and melons for your kid the next time you go grocery shopping.

Avoid overconsumption of fruits with a concentrated amount of sugar like bananas and raisins. If your child prefers to eat those then remember to brush his teeth immediately after eating. You can build strong teeth by consuming products rich in Calcium including milk, broccoli, and yogurt.

Fewer snacks, healthier teeth
Unhealthy snacking of food sources with hidden sugar content can be detrimental to health in the long run. Many foods that are considered a part of a healthy, balanced diet, have a considerable amount of sugar present in them. Parents need to be smart about their child’s snacking habits. Do not separate snacking from the meal but make it a part of it. You can give a dessert right after the meal. This will limit the consumption of sugar and will also seem rewarding after a nourishing meal. This way you can incorporate healthy eating habits into your child’s lifestyle.

Nutrition and oral health are integral to each other and can be altered to gain favorable results. Having regular dental checkups with a ‘Dentist near me’ will also help at spotting dental problems at an early stage and save you some trouble. If you happen to be in the Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon, or Danville area, book yourself an easy appointment with Dr. Dalal.

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