Your diet and healthy teeth and gums
Not only is eating a healthy diet important for your child’s general wellbeing, it’s particularly important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
To avoid tooth decay:
- Don’t let your child eat too many sweet or sticky foods - the sugars, which form acids, will attack his tooth enamel
- Avoid eating sweet sticky foods between meals – the sugars will have longer to sit on the teeth before being washed away by the eating of other food
- Offer plenty of tap water to drink – the fluoride in tap water will help protect teeth If you need an alternative to water, offer milk which is an important source of calcium (great for teeth and bones) and is preferable to sugary drinks
- Avoid fruit juice and sweetened drinks, as these are acidic and will quickly attack the tooth enamel
- Give your child foods that make him or her chew – this will encourage a bit of self-cleaning of his or her teeth
- Teach him to brush his teeth twice a day - after breakfast and after dinner – to keep his teeth and gums healthy
- Teach him to use dental floss before brushing every day from about 3-4 years of age.
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This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot