Foods that are beneficial for children's teeth

Foods that are beneficial for children's teeth

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We are well aware of the damaging effects of refined sugars on our children's teeth. We also observe that children have teeth and molars from a very young age to use them, to chew. What is suitable for children to eat?

The foods that benefit children are exactly ... all. All of us, if we understand by 'food' what nature gives us, and we eat with minimal processing.

Within a balanced diet, no harmful foods. A child who eats a variety of fruit, in bites or large pieces that he can handle, will develop not only the ability to chew, understanding the texture and hardness and taste of the food, but will also make the child improve coordination eye-hand-mouth when reaching with his hand the piece and bringing it to the mouth.

It is true that children should not be chewed, but neither literally nor figuratively. Perhaps the only foods that should concern us if consumed regularly and between meals are the raisins, dried apricots, dates, etc. due to its high sugar content but above all because due to their adherence they remain in contact with the chewing surfaces of the molars for a long time. The most beneficial fruits for the mouth are those harder and fibrous and with a moderate fructose content.

The same thing happens with fresh vegetables. The texture of fresh or undercooked food (which cannot be crushed between the fingers) allows the tooth surfaces to be swept by the food itself, as well as promote the growth of the bones and muscles of the mouth and therefore of the face. They also increase the amount of saliva, which is one of the anticaries insurance that we naturally have in our mouth. There is no better 'bad habit' for a child than picking up pieces of greens and vegetables while we try to make a salad.

Broccoli, garlic, and green pepper to some extent protect against cavities when eaten raw or undercooked (not too soft). A child who has all kinds of healthy foods at his disposal will be perfectly capable of spontaneously deciding what to eat, which is why it is important to have fresh food at home. If there are cookies, he will go get cookies. But if there is an attractive container with sticks and colored balls (carrot, red pepper, peas fresh from the pod ...), you will love to put that in your mouth.

To eat between meals it is better for the child a sandwich of loaf bread, and if possible ham, than requires strong incisors and pulling while holding the sandwich, better than a sandwich of sliced ​​bread, which does not require much effort and also because of its consistency it stays closer to the teeth and for longer, thus increasing the risk of cavities.

Processed foods, juices, yogurts, smoothies, chips and all kinds of bag snacks, dairy desserts, cookies (organic, wholegrain and for diabetics included), baby and adult cereals, chocolate, cereal bars, etc. etc. are from high risk of cavities and we must bear in mind that it is not good for the teeth to take them between meals, for dessert or more frequently than 2-3 times a week.

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