Eating Healthy Foods Promotes Dental Health
As schools and other places open up again, dental friendly lunches for your kids come into play. Wise moms and dads pack lunches that are healthy all the way around—for their children’s teeth too.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), food doesn’t just affect your stomach and fuel your body. It also has an impact on your teeth and gums.
Foods to Include for Dental Friendly Lunches
It’s important to know what food groups and what proportions to include in meals. The following provide healthy guidelines:
- Vegetables and fruits. Half of the lunch meal should consist of fruits and vegetables. Carrots and celery are full of fiber and help to produce saliva that washes away bacteria. Apples have the same affect. Leafy greens contain minerals like calcium, which are good for building tooth enamel. In addition, many fruits and vegetables contain vitamins C and A. Vitamin C promotes healthy gums, and vitamin A also helps build tooth enamel.
- Grains. Whole grains, including oatmeal, whole wheat bread or brown rice contain B vitamins, iron and magnesium. These foods help keep bones and teeth strong.
- Dairy. Cheese and yogurt are great dairy foods to include in a lunch. Low-fat cheese helps balance oral pH, which lowers risk for tooth decay. It also is a good source of protein and calcium. Yogurt contains probiotics that are help promote healthy gums.
- Proteins. Lean proteins include hard boiled eggs, chicken and fish, which are great sources of phosphorous. Almonds, beans and legumes are excellent vegetarian proteins. Overall, protein helps your mouth repair tissue and build strong bone in your jaw.
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