Welcome to Healthy Tidbits with your friendly nutritionist. We will be embarking on a journey where each week we will raise awareness and learn how we can make better decisions in our lifestyles. This month of February is Children’s Dental Health Month.
Oral health is regarded as an integral part of general health and well-being as it determines the quality of life via speaking, smiling, self-esteem, tasting and chewing food. Preschool children are vulnerable to dental caries or cavities due to frequent snacking on sticky foods such as candy, soda and highly processed and sugary foods. Dental caries poses a silent threat to the health and growth of young children as it can lead to greater health issues such as childhood obesity and can also affects their self-image and self-esteem.
Now, how can we prevent cavities?
First of all, dental hygiene is of utmost importance and brushing teeth correctly and regularly is very important.
Secondly incorporating more fruits and vegetables in their diet.
An apple a day does keep the doctor away. Chewing crunchy, high-fibre fruits and vegetables like apples, cucumbers, celery and carrots can help get rid of the excess plaque, help balance the sugars and clean the teeth. As they are very fibrous, we can call them Nature’s Dental Floss. Also using dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese are excellent sources of calcium and vitamin D which can help the teeth become healthy and strong. Nuts and seeds, like peanuts and pepitos, replenish the minerals to the tooth enamel which are lost through highly sugary foods.