Your child’s primary teeth are just as important as their adult teeth. Their baby teeth set the stage for the permanent teeth to come in properly. Plus, having your child take care of their teeth sets up future habits that will last for life.
Brushing and flossing are great, but what about the foods your child eats? Diet hugely impacts oral health. Having your kids eat the right foods and develop healthy snacking habits can not only help protect their smile from tooth decay, but strengthen it to be healthy for life.
Here are some of the top teeth-friendly foods your child is sure to love!
Fruits and Veggies
Of course, not all children are keen on vegetables. However, you can try to incorporate as much of them into their diet as you can. Here are some snack ideas to try to get your child to eat more fruits and vegetables that are healthy for their teeth!
Baby carrots and hummus. Experiment with different kinds of hummus such as sundried tomato, roasted red pepper, or make your own!
Celery and cream cheese. You can make your own creations by adding raisins, sunflower seeds, or blueberries to the cream cheese on the celery.
Fresh sliced fruit. Try different kinds of fruit to see what your child likes. Watermelon, pineapple, grapes, pears, and oranges are all fun choices.
Apple with peanut butter. Get your child’s favorite kind of apple and serve with peanut butter. If your child is allergic to peanuts, you can try almond butter or sunflower seed butter.
Try Seeds and Nuts
Seeds and nuts are not only fun to eat, but are also full of healthy fats that are excellent for your child’s brain and skin. Some great choices to have on hand include:
Nuts are also easy to take with you and don’t need to be refrigerated, so you can easily take them along for a snack after sports or send with your child to school.
Yogurt and Cheese
Dairy is rich in calcium and vitamin D, two important nutrients for your child’s smile. You can serve cheese with fruit or vegetables for added appeal, and yogurt always makes a great snack.
Choose yogurt that’s unsweetened, as some sweetened yogurts can contain as much sugar as a can of soda! You can buy unsweetened and add your own goodies, such as homemade granola, fresh fruit, or honey if your child likes a bit of sweetness.
Yogurt also makes a great dessert choice instead of ice cream—try frozen yogurt treats or make your own at home for a fun activity with your child. If your child is lactose intolerant, you can still enjoy coconut milk or soy milk yogurt.
When it comes to getting your child to eat healthy, there are so many foods out there to try. Sugar is best enjoyed in moderation, so you can substitute natural sugars such as those in fruit whenever you like. Enjoy these foods and choose to eat healthy to build strong smiles for your kids!