Children's Dental Health Associates

  Nutritional Issues  
& Dental Health

As a child grows, they need a balanced diet that provides them with all the nutrients they need to develop properly. Their diet should consist of fruits and vegetables, breads and cereal, milk and dairy products, meat, fish, and eggs. By having a balanced diet, children develop healthy gum tissue, teeth, bones, and muscles.

If a child has a diet full of carbohydrates and sugar, they run the risk of developing tooth decay. When choosing foods for your child, it is important to look beyond just candy and soda. Some foods contain one or more types of sugars which also cause tooth decay. Sugar is found in many processed foods, including foods that don't taste sweet, such as peanut butter, ketchup, and salad dressings.

We don't expect you to have your child completely give up foods with sugar and starch, just serve them these types of food wisely. Food with sugar or starch are always better when eaten with a meal, since more saliva is released during a meal. Saliva helps wash foods from the mouth and lessen the effects of acids.

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