Mother and daughter in the kitchen cooking greens. 

NUTRITION AND ORAL HEALTH

We have found that proper nutrition is the key to maintaining good oral health, more important than hygiene practices and the use of fluoride. The prevention of dental decay is not as simple as avoiding candy and routine brushing. Dental decay is on the rise in young children. Today's hectic lifestyle and conveniences have created the perfect storm for the development of cavities in young children. Sugar is added to many products such as yogurt, squeeze pouch snacks, and snack bars. Additionally, the convenience of snack foods that are primarily carbohydrates such as crackers, pretzels, popcorn, and chips increase a child's risk for cavities since carbohydrates break down into sugars in the mouth, and these snacks get stuck to the teeth, providing a constant source of sugar for the germs.

Additionally there is evidence that carbohydrates also contribute in gingivitis (inflammation in the gums) due to the general inflammation caused by carbohydrates.


TIPS FOR A HEALTHY DIET

  • Limit snacking, especially on foods that have added sugar or are mainly carbohydrates like crackers, pretzels, and chips
  • Avoid juice, soda and sports drinks which very acidic with pH levels of 3-4. Avoid all drinks that have an acid as an ingredient
  • Avoid products with corn and high fructose corn syrup
  • Avoid snacks that come in squeeze pouches and limit fruit portions
  • Avoid bottled water, most of which is acidic
  • Drink only water and plain milk between meals
  • To satisfy a sweet craving, have gum with xylitol, or reach for salted nuts instead
  • Use coconut and olive oil instead of vegetable oils
  • A diet rich in home-made bone broth, grass fed dairy products, spinach, nuts, seeds, and protein helps fight cavities
  • Ask us for dentally healthy alternatives to candy
  • Be sure to ask us about other products that help support dental health