As a parent, your child’s health is most likely at the very top of your priority list. However, children’s oral health often flies under the radar compared to the plethora of colds, ear infections and fevers which occur while they are growing. Luckily, a large part of keeping your child’s teeth healthy is as easy as choosing the right foods and drinks. In conjunction with regular dental examinations and cleanings at your Hilton Head Island, SC dentist, good food choices will help your child can have the healthiest mouth possible.
Which foods are good for my child’s teeth?
Foods like fruits and vegetables are tooth friendly and healthy, especially the ones which contain large amounts of water, such as melons or celery. Some fruits like bananas and strawberries, however, contain high levels of sugar. Be sure to have your child brush after these foods. Aged cheeses are also tooth healthy.
Your child should avoid sticky foods like raisins or caramel. The stickiness of the food makes it harder to wash away once it is on the teeth. If you do plan on giving your child sugary foods, try to do so with a full meal after which your child will brush. If your child still uses a bottle, avoid giving them their nighttime bottle just before bed or when they lay down for the night.
The Importance of Regular Dental Visits
Your child’s regular dental examinations and cleanings are crucial to their oral health. Regular examinations ensure your child’s Hilton Head Island dentist catches any problems which may arise early. Cleanings which take place at your child’s examination allow your dentist to remove any plaque or tartar buildup. This prevents tooth decay and gum disease and keeps your child’s mouth and teeth clean and healthy.
For more information on keeping your child’s smile healthy, please contact your dentist at Hilton Head Dental in Hilton Head Island, SC. Call (843) 681-9666 to schedule your appointment today!