Nurtition & Your Child's Dental Health
It's no secret that what you eat and drink affects your mouth and teeth. A healthy, balanced diet is not only essential for your oral health but also your overall wellness. Martin Kids Dental believes that providing nutritional education for kids is an important step in helping your child maintain optimal oral health. Developing healthy eating habits while young can help set the foundation for your child's lifelong healthy smile. That's why we integrate nutritional counseling in Gainesville, FL, as part of your child's treatment with us.
Why Diet Matters
Everything your child eats has the possibility of contributing to tooth decay and gum disease. Sugary foods and beverages can increase the risk of decay or weaken tooth enamel, leading to poor oral health. It’s important that your child eats nutritional foods, while also brushing and flossing daily.
Foods & Drinks to Avoid
Limiting your child's sugar intake can prevent harmful bacteria that cause cavities and gum inflammation from multiplying. Avoid sugary sodas, candy, and check for added sugars in packaged foods. If your child does eat something sweet, be sure to brush their teeth right after to prevent plaque buildup.
Fortunately, there are foods your child can eat to enhance their dental health. Foods that contain calcium, protein, and phosphorous are good for your child's teeth. Some of these include:
- Leafy greens
Additionally, fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, and water, all of which help clean the teeth and prevent tooth decay. Add some of these foods to your child's diet today to encourage excellent dental health!
When your child visits us for their routine cleaning and exam, we will provide nutritional counseling to help develop healthy eating habits for a healthy mouth. We encourage you to incorporate our recommendations into your child's diet to help avoid harmful bacteria growth and cavities and to also enhance their overall growth and development.
Contact Us for Nutritional Counseling in Gainesville, FL, for Your Child's Healthy Smile
To experience our award-winning pediatric dental care, schedule your child’s New Patient Exam today by calling (352) 371-3200 to reach our Gainesville/Jonesville office. You may also use our convenient online form. Your appointment includes the following:
- Tour the Office
- Meet the Team
- Discuss Your Goals
- Oral Exam & Cleaning
- Expert Consultation
During your child’s appointment, we will take the time to answer all your questions about our advanced treatments and technology, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!