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There are few things better than a child’s bright smile. It is important to remember that a healthy smile doesn’t just depend on how we clean it, rather, health starts with what we feed it! Here are some kid approved, tooth-healthy foods to help your child maintain a healthy smile for life.

Dairy: Dairy products, such as tasty string cheese or low-sugar yogurt, are packed with calcium. This is a necessary nutrient for oral health, as it strengthens and supports tooth enamel. Dairy foods are also excellent low-sugar snacks for kids. For older children, branching out into goat’s milk dairy products will add variety, and provides, even more, calcium and protein per serving–with less fat and fewer calories per serving.

Beans: Many beans contain almost half your daily requirement of calcium in just one cup! Whip them up into a veggie dip for extra kid-friendly eating.

The Right Crunch: Potato chips and other crunchy, starchy foods are a fun occasional treat, but they can cause damage to your child’s teeth. Starches and other sticky foods feed the cavity-causing bacteria in their mouth. Instead, try serving crunchy fruits and vegetables: pears, apples, and grapes, and celery, carrots, and raw broccoli. These serve as natural toothbrushes, scraping plaque and food buildup away from teeth and stimulating saliva production to naturally clean your child’s mouth.

Orange Juice with Calcium: Did you know that frozen orange juice concentrate fortified with calcium contains 1514 mg of calcium per cup? That is an entire day’s worth of calcium in just one glass! Be careful with orange juice, as it has a lot of natural sugars and acids. Try giving your child plain water to drink afterward to help clean their mouth, and give them the OJ with a meal to help neutralize the acids.

For more kid-friendly oral health tips, visit Scott A. Young, DDS for your child’s regular dental check up! Call us at 704-541-5900 to set up your child’s appointment today!