Fussy eaters and kids: the two tend to go hand-in-hand. According to the Better Health Channel, approximately half of all toddlers fit this description. Additionally, a staggering 8 out of 10 Aussie parents are concerned about their child’s eating habits. In other words, if you’re a parent, meal times can be a real source of stress.
Establishing a healthier food diet for your kids is easier said than done but it is important for a range of health factors. A question we’re often asked by parents is: how does my child’s poor diet impact their oral health?
We know that what we eat has the power to affect our teeth and of course, our kids are no different.
Too many carbs or too much sugar can cause tooth decay and it all comes back to how long carbs/sugar remain on your teeth.
When it comes to your little munchkins, the same rules that apply to adults and food, also relate to your kids. We’ve put together a handy list of tips that’ll help you to make wise food choices for your entire family (yes, this includes you):
- The snacks you’ll find in the school lunchbox aisle aren’t necessarily great choices. Go for fresh fruits and vegetables wherever you can and try to stick to the options with a high water content (pears, melons, celery). Be wary of any dried fruits.
- Cheese gets the big thumbs up when it comes to your teeth as cheese helps to trigger the flow of saliva which helps to wash food particles away from teeth.
- Say no to sticky, chewy foods that are likely to get stuck to teeth. The usual nasties include caramel, honey, raisins, dried fruits and so on.
- Make the switch to water. There is really no need for drinks such as juices or sodas which are likely to contain sugar. Not only is water better for the teeth, making the switch will save you a heap of money too.
- Do your homework when it comes to the foods that are a good source of calcium. Try to get as much milk, broccoli and yoghurt into your child’s diet as possible.
As you can see, the above suggestions are all fairly basic and while eating healthily may take some preparation on your part, there are a number of benefits to be had by adopting a healthier lifestyle.
If you’ve got any concerns you’d like to discuss with one of our dentists, feel free to give us a call to make an appointment: 1300 549 750.