10 Foods That Are Good for Your Teeth
Getting your child to eat right is hard enough as it is, but keeping up with their dental health can be just as challenging. An unhealthy diet can increase your child’s chances of developing cavities or even gum disease, so why not try to tackle both obstacles at the same time? Here is our list of 10 foods that can help your child have healthier teeth and gums.
Even though the saying goes “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” it can still apply to dentists…sort of. Although eating an apple doesn’t replace a thorough brushing of your teeth, it’s natural abrasiveness helps remove plaque and other pieces of food from your teeth. Try to throw in an apple with your child’s lunch every day so they can go back to class with a cleaner smile.
Much like apples, celery also does a good job of brushing off bacteria from your teeth. Celery is also high in water content and it requires more chewing than most foods, both promoting an increase in saliva production. Saliva naturally is a natural bacteria killer and can help get plaque off of your child’s teeth, but this one may prove harder to appeal to their appetite. We recommend trying to put a spread on the veggie to make it easier for your child to be interested, like cream cheese or peanut butter.
Spinach is the easiest to recommend as it is the hardest to taste, but all leafy greens can promote overall positive mouth health. Things like spinach have a high calcium content, something that helps strengthen and restore the enamel of your child’s teeth. Folic acid is another part of spinach and leafy greens that works to reduce inflammation of the gums and fight off plaque and other bacteria.
Especially hard cheeses, but all cheese is high in calcium nonetheless. The high calcium content builds up the enamel of your child’s tooth and counteracts the acidity of the mouth to help fight plaque and reduce the chances of tooth decay. Harder cheeses requiring more chewing which, like celery, increases saliva production for fighting off bacteria.