Top 10 Kid-Friendly Foods for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Healthy foods for healthy teeth.

We are what we eat.

We all know our diet directly affects how our body and mind work. Thankfully, this doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to have some ice cream here or there, but it’s important for us to enjoy those treats in moderation and try to focus our diet on nutrient-dense foods to fuel our bodies. 

Did you know that your teeth are also affected by what you eat? Choosing tooth-friendly meals for our children will do more than fuel their bodies. It will also strengthen their teeth, support gum health, and even prevent tooth decay. Don’t worry, in addition to this handy list, we also have some tasty snack ideas ready for you and your family. 

1. Dairy Products

Dairy products can be a great addition to your meals. Not only are they tasty, but they are full of calcium and phosphates. These vitamins and minerals help strengthen the teeth and repair the tooth enamel. That means, yes! Go ahead and have that extra piece of cheese. Feel good about that milk in your coffee. Even the occasional scoop of ice cream counts toward your dairy intake. 

2. Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables

When it comes to crunchy fruits and vegetables, your teeth will thank you! They act as natural toothbrushes. Not just by scraping against the teeth as you bite down, but also by stimulating saliva flow. This helps whisk away any food particles and bacteria. If you’re thinking snacking on a carrot can replace brushing your teeth twice a day, we’d say, “Nice try.” There is no substitute for a thorough tooth brushing. 

3. Leafy Greens

Those dark, leafy greens are filled with proteins and other fantastic vitamins, such as calcium to boost your oral health. The calcium helps strengthen those teeth against the pesky cavities. Whenever you can, toss in a handful of spinach or kale into your kiddo’s lunch. Whether you sneak it onto a sandwich or give them a side salad, it all contributes to a healthy body and  smile!

4. Nuts and Seeds

Most nuts, such as almonds and sunflower seeds, are packed full of calcium and vitamin D. Not only do the vitamins help strengthen the teeth, but the crunchiness of the nuts increases saliva production to help your body fight off unwanted bacteria.

5. Lean Proteins

Lean proteins, such as fish and tofu are full of phosphorous. This is a crucial mineral for both protecting and rebuilding your tooth’s enamel. Phosphorous also has great benefits for your body, such as promoting heart health and supporting brain function. 

6. Eggs

When it comes to eggs, you can make just about anything. Hard-boiled, scrambled, or over easy, they are full of vitamin D and calcium. This calcium helps your body create stronger bones and teeth, meaning fewer injuries and fewer cavities!

7. Whole Grains

Fiber is one of your body’s best friends. Whole grains such as brown rice and oatmeal contain fiber to keep those gums healthy and strong. They also contain B vitamins to help your body fight gum disease. 

8. Water

Never underestimate the power of drinking enough water. Make a mental note, as soon as you’re done reading this article, go grab yourself a drink of water. Your body will thank you.

Your body needs water to function properly, which makes sense considering our bodies are made of roughly 60% water. It aids in maintaining proper saliva function, which helps keep the bacteria at bay and rinse away food particles and acid. Drinking enough water can also help limit the chances of ending up with a dry mouth.

9. Sugar-Free Dairy Alternatives

Sometimes our diet has to change due to different health reasons. Sometimes we have to limit our sugar intake, other times we have to drop anything containing lactose. If this is the case for your family, it’s time to adjust. Sugar-free almond milk and soy milk are excellent alternatives to help your child’s body get the amount of calcium and vitamin D that they need!

10. Fresh Herbs

Adding a little extra seasoning to our food can make almost any meal turn into a feast. But have you ever tried fresh herbs? When you’re at the store next, grab some fresh parsley and mint and see what you can add it to. Not only will it boost the flavor of your meals to that next level, but the herbs have antibacterial properties and the ability to freshen your breath.

Keep Moving Forward

Even though getting our children to eat healthy meals on a daily basis can sometimes be a battle, it’s important to keep moving forward. Your children are always watching your habits and will model your eating habits over time.

If your children have any personalized dietary restrictions or issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Spinnaker Pediatric Dental, for advice on ideas to help them get all the nutrients their teeth need!