Education: Dental Health and Diet

Dental Health and Nutrition can complement each other if you choose foods that are good for the entire body, including teeth. A healthy diet is a balanced diet that naturally supplies all the nutrients your child needs to grow. A balanced diet includes the following major food groups: fruit, vegetables, grains, meat, beans, and milk.

 

A balanced diet is essential for healthy gum tissue around the teeth and also for the teeth to develop properly. A diet high in certain kinds of carbohydrates, such as sugar and starches, may place your child at extra risk of tooth decay. Sugar can also be found in many processed foods, even some which do no taste sweet. There are many foods that do not provide nutrients your child needs. A food with sugar or starch is safer for teeth if eaten with a meal, not a snack.

 

A balanced diet does not assure that your child is getting enough fluoride. Fluoride protects teeth from tooth decay and helps heal early decay. If your child is not getting enough fluoride, the Pediatric Dentist can help assess how much supplemental fluoride your child needs. This would be based upon the drinking water and other potential sources of fluoride.