An important part of maintaining good oral health is eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. A good diet helps you to minimize the risk of cavities and other dental problems and maintain better oral and overall health. Our pediatric dentist can recommend foods that will promote the development of strong, healthy teeth. Call Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc today at 858-551-9700 to learn more about the connection between healthy teeth and a balanced diet, and make your family’s appointment with Dr. Anthony Scoma in La Jolla, California.
Your child’s general health and oral health are very closely connected. When your child has a well-balanced diet, he or she is more likely to have healthier teeth and gums. A good diet provides your child with many of the nutrients needed for their growth and development, including gum tissue development, strong bones, and protection against illnesses. A variety of foods from the five food groups will help to minimize and avoid cavities and other dental problems.
Most snacks that children eat contain sugar and carbohydrates, which attract oral bacteria and cause cavities. We recommend that you help your child maintain a healthier diet. Fruits and vegetables, grains (especially whole grains), low-fat or fat-free dairy products (such as yogurt and cheese), and lean proteins (lean beef, skinless poultry, fish) are excellent dietary charges. We also advise that you offer your child a variety of protein choices, such as eggs, beans, and nuts, and that you give your child water and milk rather than sugar or fruit-flavored drinks.
For more information on helping your child maintain a good diet, and to make your family’s appointment with our pediatric dentist, please contact our office today.