When packing up your kids’ lunches and sending them off to their kinders or primaries, it may not cross your mind that what they eat at lunchtime or snacktime will remain on their teeth until they get home or bedtime. What you pack for your child’s lunch can have an impact on their oral health and their risk for cavities.
At Arthur Street Dental, we provide nutritional counselling as part of our children’s dentistry programme in our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic.
Of course, kids want their favourite foods, so rather than waiting for a battle to ensue, or find out your kids have traded your carefully thought-out meal for another child’s less healthy choices, involve your child in their meal planning.
Avoid Sugary Food and Juice
Kids hunt for sugary treats with the accuracy of a satellite radar system, but sticking to healthy sweets, such as fresh fruit and yoghurt will help to protect their teeth enamel and reduce the risk of cavities.
Crunchy fruit and veggies, such as apples and carrots, can actually help remove food particles from the teeth.
Water is best throughout the day and at lunchtime. Staying hydrated will ensure that your child produces enough saliva throughout the day. Saliva is the mouth’s natural bathing system, which assists in neutralising acid and reducing oral diseases like cavities and periodontal disease.
Sugar Has a Cavity Cousin
Processed starchy food and snacks stick in the deep grooves of the teeth. Saliva begins to convert processed carbohydrates into cavity-causing sugar in the mouth, so sticking with whole grains that are rich in fibre.
Variety Makes Food Fun
You can shape your child’s relationship with food by offering a wide variety of flavours, textures and colours to hold your child’s interest. Make a goal of trying something new a few times a week, and you could avoid the frustration that comes with a stubborn eater.
- Include a main item (sandwich, wrap or salad)
- Fruit and veggies
- Reduced fat dairy products
- Lean meat or alternate protein (beans, legumes or tofu)
For children’s dentistry in Coffs Harbour, NSW contact our dental clinic to book an appointment.