Here at Montville Pediatric Dentistry, we are dedicated to your child’s dental health and diet.
Though many parents worry about their child’s weight, they don’t think twice about what their child’s diet is doing to his or her dental health. Your child needs to have healthy eating habits to ensure that his or her dental health is the best it can be. Just by watching what your child eats, you can decrease the amount of decay and gum disease he or she will develop.
The American Dental Association recommends avoiding foods high in sugar and other foods that can cause cavities.
You should consider changing your child’s diet in accordance with the ADA’s recommendations, though you should always consult a doctor before starting a new diet. If your child has special dietary needs, you should to talk with us about foods that your child can eat to help with his or her oral health.
The American Dental Association has several recommendations for a healthy diet. They suggest drinking plenty of water instead of sugary drinks and avoiding sugary foods and snacks between meals. You should teach your child mindful eating–eating a balanced diet full of nutrients from each food group, including whole grains, vegetables, dairy, and protein.
Besides eating well, your child needs to brush his or her teeth at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Flossing at least once a day and visiting the dentist at least twice a year will help ensure that your child’s mouth is as healthy as possible.