Healthy Snacks = Healthy Teeth
Pediatric Dentistry Palo Alto
Super fruit for super kids! (And super healthy teeth!) Especially during the month of tricks and treats, it can be difficult to provide kids with healthy snacking options, that will leave their mouths healthy and their bellies happy well after snack time is over. Dr. Haghpanah recommendation? Fruit of course!
Apples are high in fiber, and their crispy, crunchy bite helps naturally clean plaque from teeth while they’re being chewed! In a similar fashion, apples help scrape plaque from the back of the tongue, so your little one will have the freshest breath on the block. Apples are naturally sweet, so consider introducing them as an alternative to more sugar-filled or processed and packaged dessert options.
The high-intensity calcium found in kiwis is key for neutralizing damaging acids that destroy tooth enamel. Enamel is the first line of defense against cavities, so strengthening and protecting it should be of top-priority for you and your tot!
Like kiwis, strawberries are packed full of fiber and vitamin C, which makes them a great source of nutrients for teeth and gums – especially little ones!
Avoid dry fruits, as they contain much more sugar than raw fruits, and they are sticky and sugary on teeth. Additionally, citrus fruits are high in acid, and start to quickly demineralize important layers of teeth. This can lead to tooth sensitivity, and even pain! Be conscious of the acid levels of the foods you’re feedings little ones!
If you have questions about healthy snacks for your little one to maintain a well-balanced diet, or to schedule your next appointment with Palo Alto pediatric dentist Dr. Haghpanah, call 650-322-9837 today!