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MOM, I’M HUNGRY

Snacktime

Snacktime and lunchtime can be tricky to navigate. How many times a day do we hear, “Mom, I’m hungry!”? Too many to count. It’s sometimes tempting to hand your child the easy and fast snack. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have healthy snacks on hand.

Here are some teeth-friendly suggestions:

  • Milk & natural yogurt:
    They have low acidity discouraging dental erosion. In addition, they are low in sugar keeping dental decay at bay. Milk also is a good source of calcium which helps to keep tooth enamel strong. Cheese: High in calcium and phosphate, cheese provides important benefits for healthy teeth. It helps balance your mouth’s pH, preserves and rebuilds tooth enamel, produces saliva and kills the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.
  • Animal protein:
    Beef, chicken, turkey and eggs, all of them contain phosphorous. Calcium, with the help of vitamin D and phosphorous, make up our bone system. These elements keep teeth stronger and healthier by protecting them from tooth decay.
  • Nuts and seeds:
    Nuts are rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphate, which are important nutrients for dental health. Cashews, peanuts, almonds, walnuts and sesame seeds are especially good.
  • Fruits:
    Different fruits like apples, strawberries, citrus fruits and kiwis contain a lot of vitamin C. It is considered the cement that holds all of your cells together. So just as it’s vital for your skin, it’s important for the health of your gum tissue.
  • Vegetables:
    Carrots, sweet potato and broccoli are full of vitamin A, which is necessary for the formation of tooth enamel. Apart from that, crunchy vegetables including celery, cleanse and stimulate your gums. ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO EAT THEIR VEGGIE AT THE END OF THEIR LUNCH; a good substitute for brushing.
  • Water:
    Drinking water keeps gums hydrated and helps wash away trapped food particles that decompose in the mouth. Soda, juices and sports drinks should be avoided as they contain sugar, as well as acids that can dissolve the hard structures of your teeth.

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