Part of having good oral hygiene is having a healthy and balanced diet. As you may already know, there are foods and drinks that can harm the smile by weakening the enamel and creating cavities. If you want your child to have good oral hygiene their whole life, our dentist, Dr. Amy Tennyson, recommends teaching them about tooth-healthy foods that can help their smile.
You can first do so by teaching them about fruits and vegetables and then having them monitor the produce in the house and making a list of what you need at the grocery store. Then, when you’re at the store, teach them how to select the best and freshest fruits and vegetables available. You can even have the store produce person involved in the lesson.
You can also teach your child a little more by having them help out in the kitchen. Teach them how you can use tooth-healthy foods, like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, to make meals and snacks. You can even have them wash and peel the fruits and vegetables for the meal preparation. However, it’s best to give your child kid-safe knives while they do this so they don’t accidentally hurt themselves.
If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to teach your child about tooth-healthy foods in Charlotte, North Carolina, please reach out to our dental team at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is contact University Pediatric Dentistry at 704-688-1664 and we will be happy to help you!