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Diet and Nutrition

Diet and Nutrition

 

The teeth, bones, and soft tissue of the mouth require a healthy, well-balanced diet. A variety of foods from the five food groups helps minimize (and avoid) cavities and other dental problems. Most snacks that children eat cause cavities, so children should only receive healthy foods like vegetables, low-fat yogurt and cheeses, which promote strong teeth.

Common consequences of an unhealthy diet are weight gain, low energy, and weak bones, but what about teeth? Snack-happy Americans are notorious for eating all the wrong things at the wrong times, loading the body with sugars that pass through the teeth before moving on to negatively impact overall health. A cola or sweet beverage can contain up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving, creating a perfect environment for plaque to throw a party in your mouth.

Encourage your child to drink plenty of water and choose nutritious snacks like raw fruits and veggies, nuts, cheese, plain yogurts, and boiled eggs. With consistency, evidence shows that a healthy diet will not only help prevent tooth decay, but also revitalize the metabolism, reduce body fat, and improve physical endurance, mental alertness, and well being.