Nutrition & Oral Health
Good oral health habits are key to keeping your child’s teeth healthy for a lifetime. Our pediatric dentists are here to answer any questions you might have about how to encourage these habits at home. Here’s what you need to know about instilling good habits in your child outside of the dentist’s office.
Nutrition and Oral Health
Some of the leading causes of cavities in children are sticky, gummy snacks, snacking all day, and sugary drinks such as juices and soda. At your child’s appointment, our pediatric dentists and hygienists will take the time to explain to parents and kids which foods to avoid or limit, and why.
But healthy snacking doesn’t have to be boring! There are plenty of kid-friendly foods that can actually fight cavities at the source. Crunchy fruits and veggies, for example, aren’t just high in fiber. The crunchy texture can help scrape plaque off of your child’s teeth, which helps prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
Nuts, seeds, and green vegetables all contain vitamins and minerals that help your child’s teeth stay healthy. Milk, cheese, and yogurt are also great dietary options for kids, as they’re high in calcium. This helps to keep your child’s tooth enamel strong.
While you don’t have to eliminate sugary snacks like candy and soda completely, it’s important to only consume these in moderation and to make sure your child is thoroughly cleaning their teeth afterward. Our pediatric dentists make a point to talk to your child about the importance of healthy snacks.
Oral Hygiene Habits
Good oral hygiene starts at home. You should start gently cleaning your child’s gums with a damp cloth before their first tooth even comes in. It’s important that children learn how to take care of their teeth from an early age, but they’ll need plenty of help from mom or dad while they’re still very young.
Most children have the coordination to adequately brush their own teeth by around age 8 (when they can tie their own shoes.) Every child masters this in their own time, and our pediatric dentists will help with easing your child into this independence by talking to them about the importance of cleaning their teeth. We have plenty of tips and tricks for parents and kids alike to help them master the right techniques.
Unfortunately, while good oral health starts early, so can dental anxiety. Your children may be exposed to media that paints dentists in a scary light. You can help set your child up for success by using positive language whenever you talk about the dentist or caring for their teeth. Let them know that our pediatric dentists are here to help their teeth stay strong! If your child does experience dental anxiety or have special needs, we are here to help. We strive to provide a customized experience so your child feels safe and comfortable. Learn more about our special needs services
Questions? We Can Help!
Our pediatric dentists are always happy to answer any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. If you’d like to ask about their oral hygiene habits or nutrition, give us a call at (518) 785-3911 today.