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The food children eat plays a crucial role in their long-term oral health. Some foods provide the nutrients teeth need, while others are packed with acids and sugars that can be harmful. With numerous unhealthy food choices marketed to children every day, it’s essential to take a stand. Offer fun, healthy snacks and model the better food choices you want your kids to make.

Encourage healthy snack choices. Kids should have a well-balanced and nutritious diet, promoting overall health and building a strong, healthy smile. Nutrition is a critical aspect of oral health. Teaching your kids about healthy eating and limiting sugary foods will foster a balanced diet from an early age, forming habits that lead to a lifetime of strong teeth and better overall health.

Make snacks fun. Promote a nutritious diet by getting creative with snack choices. If you show your kids that healthy snacks are enjoyable, they’re more likely to eat them. Try apple slices with peanut butter, fruit smoothies, or yogurt with granola or fruit. Remember to avoid soda and sugary drinks, as they can leave sugars on teeth and increase the risk of plaque and tooth decay. Water is always the best choice! It’s also important to ensure a well-balanced lunch and dinner, adding a variety of fruits and vegetables to every meal.

Set a good example. Children learn habits by following their parents’ example. Send the right message by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables yourself and avoiding sugary snacks that can cause cavities or gum disease. Practice good oral hygiene in front of your kids, brushing and flossing after meals and snacks. Consider brushing together with your child to reinforce good brushing skills and habits. Remember to brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bedtime, and encourage your child to brush after lunch or sweet snacks if possible.

Follow up with regular dental appointments for your child, and model healthy habits by seeing your own dentist regularly. Contact our team at Lifesmiles Family Dentistry to schedule your next visit today and take proactive steps to maintain your oral health!

Lifesmiles Family Dentistry of Bloomington
Email: appointments@LifesmilesFamilyDentistry.com
Phone: 952-884-8337
Url: https://lifesmilesfamilydentistry.com/
8100 Penn Ave S Ste 172
Bloomington, MN 55431