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Healthy Holiday Treats for your Teeth

Maintaining the teeth and gums in good condition is not only essential in keeping a presentable, pleasant appearance, but also when it comes to preserving one's general health and wellness. However, statistics have shown that cases of tooth decay and gum disease have been rampant globally-an indication that oral health has yet to be taken more seriously.

The not-so-secret regimen is of course this: regular brushing of teeth, flossing, and dental consultations. But what's commonly forgotten by most people is that diet is also an important factor in keeping the teeth and gums healthy. Yes, what's in the fridge is just as important in what's by the bathroom sink when it comes to oral health!

Teeth's the season to be jolly! We've listed five creative recipes that you can enjoy over the holidays-without getting a toothache, of course.

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Happy Tooth and Sad Tooth - Foods That Prevent Tooth Decay for Kids

A bad tooth is a sad tooth and a healthy tooth is a happy one!

As parents, we always want to make the best nutritional choices for our children. We know that a child’s teeth and gums are affected by the kind of food they put in their mouth.

The foods children eat directly affect the status of their dental health long term. One of the best things a parent can do for their kids’ teeth, outside of promoting proper oral hygiene habits, is teaching them to make nutritional and health advancing dietary choices. Foods that are high in carbohydrates, starches, and sugars can cause dental decay and have a negative impact on dental health when consumed in immoderate amounts or when left on the teeth too long after eating. Fostering a healthy and well balanced diet for children from an early age helps form habits that result in a lifetime of strong teeth and overall better health.

Since every parent strives so hard to help their kids make healthy food choices, here are the top 5 tooth-friendly foods you can serve which promotes healthy and strong teeth:

  • Fruits and vegetables - Offer fruits and vegetables as a snack instead of carbohydrates. Fruits and vegetables that contain a high volume of water, such as pears, melons, celery and cucumbers are highly recommended. Limit banana and raisin consumption as these contain concentrated sugars, or if you serve these fruits, try to brush your child's teeth immediately after they eat.
  • Cheeses and low-fat dairy products — Aged cheeses like cheddar, swiss, and monterey jack help generate the flow of saliva, which aids in removing food particles from the teeth. Offer these cheeses as a snack or as part of a child’s lunch. Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt can also promote oral health.
  • Lean meats, nuts, and proteins — These are good sources of protein for children and help strengthen tooth enamel. Consider turkey, chicken, and white fish as good examples of lean meats. Nuts are a great healthy snack and a quick source of energy for kids. Low sugar peanut butters are also a good snack options as well.
  • Water instead of sugary juices or soda — Sodas, juices, and even milk can contain large amounts of sugar that can cause dental decay. Limit the amount of sugary drinks a child consumes and get your child in the habit of primarily drinking water. Tap water is fluoridated, which helps strengthen and protect the teeth against harmful bacteria and sugar that adheres to the teeth. Water in general helps wash the teeth of these potentially harmful agents. Also, never put a baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice!
  • Avoid sugary foods that linger on the teeth - Boiled sweets, cough drops and mints all contribute to tooth decay because they continuously coat the teeth with sugar.

Parents always go for what's best for their kids. Here at Pearl Dental Centre, we care about your children as much as you do. Please feel free to contact us for more nutritional advices.