Research shows that consuming fast-foods is linked to health problems like obesity and diabetes. Fast food can also augment your child’s risk of developing cavities and/or gum disease. Ordering a cheeseburger at a fast-food restaurant typically also comes with a sugary soda and starchy fries. The sugars and carbonation in soda break eat away at the enamel of your teeth making them more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities. Along with good oral hygiene, well-balanced diet is the essential for healthy teeth and gums. Learn some tips to help you balance your child’s diet with nutritious, smile-enhancing foods!
Educate yourself with the facts on your child’s nutrition for oral health and make goals for improvements in your home. Li’l Sunshine Smiles Dentistry is there with you every step of the way! Contact us today at (813) 576-0200 to make an appointment for a visit!
Parents don’t have to sacrifice all fast-food eating with their kids to secure a healthy mouth and body. Fast food establishments today offer many healthy choices for families as well as some not-so-healthy ones. The following tips on how to approach your fast-food dining can ensure that you are doing your part in protecting your child’s teeth and habits. (Also, it is important to note that an occasional indulgence in a soda or shake or other less-than-ideal fast-food choice is okay! You just need to strive for a balance in your child’s day and week so that they aren’t bombarded with dietary choices that are unhealthy or bad for their smiles.
The following are ways to make your visit to your fast-food restaurant of choice a healthier experience for all:
As a helpful review, consider all the foods you can offer your child that are good for their oral health! There are many so your child doesn’t have to feel like they are deprived of delicious options:
Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables.
Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, and other dairy products.
Sugarless chewing gum.
Foods with fluoride.
Stay away from sticky candies and sweets, starchy foods that get stuck in your mouth, carbonated soft drinks, and substances that dry out your mouth. Along with these healthy mouth tips, the ADA also suggests that if you are going to offer your child something sugary, do it with a meal since your mouth will have made more saliva which counteracts the acid production from sugary foods. Also, limit between-meal snacking. Constant food in your mouth means a constant onslaught of acids on your tooth enamel. Drink more water to help rinse your water of bacteria and to keep fluoride that is in the water helping your teeth stay strong. And, of course, brush and floss daily! Make an appointment with Dr. Botero every six months for a check-up and cleaning. As we work together, we can keep your child’s oral health where it needs to be now and well into the future!
Focusing on your child’s nutrition for oral health can yield big paybacks now and down the road. Li’l Sunshine Smiles Dentistry can help answer any questions you have about making this easy! Contact us today at (813) 576-0200 to make an appointment for a visit!