You probably know that sugary foods and beverages can spell trouble for teeth, especially in conjunction with poor oral hygiene. But if you ask a few people what foods are actually beneficial to teeth, they may be stumped! While certain foods, such as sugary and acidic ones, can damage teeth, there are foods out there that do just the opposite: strengthen teeth. So when you’re preparing meals and snacks for your kiddos, consider incorporating these teeth-friendly foods:
- Dairy Products
- Raw, High-Fiber Vegetables
- Nuts & Seeds
- Leafy Greens
Dairy products as a whole are rich in calcium and phosphorus, which promote strong bones and strong teeth! Milk, cheese, and yogurt are all foods that can strengthen your kid’s teeth. However, be sure to read the ingredient label when buying yogurt. Avoid yogurts with sugar as the first or second ingredient.
Raw veggies are already nutrient-rich on their own, but the act of chewing these crunchy, crispy vegetables also works to scrape away plaque. Pair raw vegetables like carrots, celery, snap peas, broccoli, and cauliflower with your child’s favorite hummus for a satisfying after-school snack.
Apples are also high in fiber. So just like with eating fibrous vegetables, eating an apple helps clean away bacteria and other food particles from teeth. They also make for a nice alternative to other sweets out there like candy! In your child’s next lunch, pack some apple slices and a low-sugar peanut butter made without hydrogenated oils for a dipping combo packed with protein and healthy fats.
Nuts and seeds are full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals like calcium and phosphorus. On top of that, the healthy fats and oils they contain help protect teeth enamel from bacteria and strengthen teeth against cavities.
Leafy greens, like kale and spinach, are high in calcium, which we know is essential for keeping teeth strong. They also have a number of other nutritious vitamins and minerals in them too that are good for your vision, cardiovascular health, and other body functions. The greener the better!
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