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Nutrition and Dental Health

Shine Pediatric Dental Co. is committed to fostering healthy smiles in Round Rock, TX, and neighboring communities such as Pflugerville, Austin, and Hutto. Led by the skilled and compassionate Dr. Sarah Severson, we understand the close connection between nutritional habits and a child's dental health.

You Are What You Eat

Healthy teeth require proper, balanced nutrition. What we eat (or drink) every day plays a significant role in bacterial plaque levels and a child's risk of decay. A balanced diet also provides the essential nutrients needed to build and maintain healthy gums.

Frequent snacking throughout the day is a major risk for cavities, as bacterial plaque thrives on food particles each time your child eats. Instead of several snacks between meals, limit snacking to once or twice a day and encourage healthy snacks like cheddar cheese, carrots, apples, or almonds.
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Limiting Sugars and Processed Foods

Sugars, artificial sweeteners, and processed carbohydrates can contribute to tooth decay and cavities when your child's teeth are exposed to them on a semi-regular basis. Bacteria in the mouth feed on processed foods and sugars, producing acids that erode tooth enamel. Limiting sugary snacks and beverages, especially sticky and sweet treats, can significantly reduce the risk of dental problems. But don't forget that things like chips, crackers, cookies, or snack bars can also contribute to cavity-causing dental plaque.

Instead, encourage your child to eat whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and sharp cheeses or yogurt. These items help regulate pH levels in their mouth, decrease plaque levels, and are less likely to contribute to tooth decay. Foods with Omega-3 fatty acids, like nuts and fish, also help promote improved gum health.

Hydration and Dental Health

What your child drinks may be a huge source of cavities since liquids seep between and around teeth each time you drink them. Children need to stay hydrated not only important for their dental health but also their overall well-being. Water helps to rinse away food particles, bacteria, and acids that can accumulate in the mouth. Drinking water with fluoride—such as tap water instead of bottled—helps promote strong tooth enamel. Encourage your child to drink water between meals instead of juice or sports drinks, which may have tons of hidden sugars.

Key Nutrients for Children's Dental Health

  • Calcium: Calcium is important for strong teeth and bones. Excellent sources of calcium include dairy products, leafy greens, almonds, and fortified plant-based milk.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium. Sunlight and foods like fatty fish, egg yolks, and fortified cereals can boost your vitamin D levels.
  • Phosphorus: Found in a variety of protein-rich foods, phosphorus is an essential nutrient for tooth enamel and bone health. You'll find it in lean meats, poultry, dairy, nuts, and beans.
  • Vitamin C: An antioxidant that supports the health of gum tissue, vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, and broccoli.
  • Vitamin A: For better oral tissue health, choose foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, and dark leafy greens.

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