Healthy Snacks for your Child’s Healthy Smile
In the hustle and bustle of a typical day, it can be difficult to slow down long enough to fix your kids a healthy snack. Practices, ball games, classes and meetings can leave them feeling empty and tired. Instead of settling for a machine pick-me-up that is high in fats and sugars, try one of these healthy alternatives:
- Nuts: Nuts of all kinds are high in protein and low in salt and fat. Because they require some work to chew, they also create saliva that helps rid your kids’ teeth of bacteria and the remnants of food.
- Cheese: Not only does cheese have plenty of protein, it is also rich in calcium, which helps to strengthen and build up tooth enamel.
- Raw Celery/Carrots: High in fiber, these veggies are also abrasive, massaging the gums and cleaning between your teeth as you ingest them. And since it takes some effort to chew celery and carrots, your mouth creates extra saliva.
- Cranberries: New research has shown that cranberries can prevent cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to the surface of the teeth; it is also believed to cut down on plaque. Of course, its acidic nature can also cause tooth decay.
- Yogurt: High in calcium, yogurt also helps to balance the acids naturally found in the mouth
You can prepare healthy snacks at the beginning of the week and store them in the refrigerator for easy access. And keep the sugary, acidic foods out of reach–including soda, candy and chips–so your kids aren’t tempted to grab them instead.
Teaching your kids to eat the right foods, brush/floss daily and go to the dentist regularly for cleanings will ensure that they grow up with teeth that will last long into old age. For questions on teeth care or to schedule an appointment for your child, give Growing Smile Pediatric Dentistry and Braces a call today.