Seven Foods for Healthy Teeth

foods that are good for teeth

As a parent, you want what is best for your child. Your natural instinct to protect and care for your child translates into you making sure they wear a seatbelt, wash their hands, and brush their teeth. You know that establishing good habits at a young age will benefit them for a lifetime. When it comes to their dental care, Smile Time Kids is right there with you. 

The entire staff at Smile Time Kids LOVES children. We want to help you in making well-informed decisions for your child’s health and well-being. We enjoy their budding personalities and their constant search for answers. We are a compassionate, caring, and patient team when working with your child. Their young smiles are important to us. Call us today at 765-373-3100 with any questions you have regarding your child or stop by Smile Time Kids at 1002 Oak Drive, Richmond, IN, 47374.

Most people know that there are certain foods that should be avoided because they will harm their teeth. But did you know there are foods that are good for teeth? When you encourage your child to eat the right things, it can help keep their teeth resilient and attractive.

What your child eats has a direct effect on their dental health and plays a vital role in preventive dentistry. Combined with daily brushing and flossing, nutritious eating habits will not only promote their overall health but protect your child’s teeth and gums from damaging decay and periodontal disease, resulting in their strong and healthy smile.

Nutrition and Your Child's Teeth

What your child chooses to eat will affect their teeth. Too many carbohydrates, sugar, for example, from cookies, candies, milk, cake, and other sugary foods and beverages, and starches, for example, pretzels and potato chips, can cause tooth decay. How long these carbohydrates remain on their teeth is the main culprit that leads to tooth decay.

The best thing you can do as a parent is to teach your child to make healthy food choices. Here are some tooth-friendly foods to serve your child along with some other tips:

  • Raisins- A favorite among after-school snacks, these little dried fruits contain a high dose of phytochemicals. These are naturally occurring chemicals which fight off harmful bacteria. Less bacterial growth in the mouth means less build-up of plaque and tartar.
  • Oranges- Oranges have an extremely high Vitamin C content. Vitamin C plays an important role in the makeup of connective tissues, such as those found in the gums. Strong gums support the teeth and maintain strong bone structure. They also give a boost to your child’s immune system, preventing illness that would disrupt your child's dental routine.
  • Carrots- Munching on crunchy foods is an excellent way to keep teeth strong. Bones maintain their density with resistance exercises. Chewing crunchy foods is a great way to help keep the integrity in the jawbone to stay dense and resilient, while the carrot fibers help clean the teeth. They are also high in vitamin C, which helps with the production of saliva. Adequate saliva plays an important role in the health of the gums as well as the teeth. Finally, they contain a good amount of phosphorus, one of the components of the bone tissue found in teeth.
  • Milk- Known as an excellent source of calcium, milk helps bones to grow strong. Calcium is also a necessary mineral in the growth and maintenance of teeth.
  • Fish- All kinds of fish come with the benefit of a high vitamin D content. Vitamin D is crucial in the absorption of calcium. Without enough of it, the body cannot use the calcium. From tuna to salmon, fish offers many health benefits to your growing child.
  • Cranberries- These tart little berries have polyphenols, a compound which discourages the build-up of plaque. Like the benefits of the phytochemicals found in raisins, polyphenols discourage the growth and build-up of harmful plaque.
  • Water- Making sure your child drinks water helps in so many different ways. Water rinses away sugars and bacteria. It is gentle and natural, and very accessible. Maintaining enough water in the body helps all body systems to function. This includes the salivary glands and the bone-forming cells which protect us from cavities. Free of sugars and added chemicals, water is an excellent choice as a go-to drink for your child.

Make an Appointment for Your Child Today!

Smile Time Kids would like to share the recommendations of The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. They suggest bringing your child in for their first dental appointment as soon as their first tooth erupts or by the time your child is one, whichever occurs first. We will work with your child and treat them like family. We love happy and healthy children. Afterwards, children should visit at normal intervals just like you would schedule your own dental checkups. For more ideas on keeping your kids’ teeth strong and healthy, visit Smile Time Kids! We love our patients and love to help them learn and grow and form healthy dental habits that will last them a lifetime. Call 765-373-3100 today to make an appointment with Smile Time Kids. Our office is located at 1002 Oak Drive, Richmond, IN 47374. Let us keep your child healthy together.