One of the best ways to get, and keep, your child healthy during the summer months is to choose foods that are both good for their bodies and their teeth. At our pediatric dental office in Reynoldsburg, we’d like to share some smile-friendly foods, as well as some to avoid.
What to Eat
The basic food pyramid gives you some great guidelines to follow to ensure the right balance of dairy, protein, grains, and vegetables every day. However, when thinking specifically about foods that don’t damage teeth, there are few we would like to highlight.
Cheese. Cheese can reduce the risk of cavities since it neutralizes acid. Not only that but cheese leaves behind a protective layer of film that keeps bacteria and acid from damaging teeth. It’s also packed with calcium. So stock up on some cheese sticks, and let your little ones munch away.
Gum. That’s right, gum can be a wise choice for a little treat — as long as it’s sugarless. Chewing gum naturally produces saliva. The more saliva in the mouth, the more acid is washed away, and the chance for decay decreases.
Veggies & Fruits. Crunchy vegetables and fruits are great choices for a healthy smile. Those with high water content like celery, pears, and apples help stimulate saliva production and decrease the effects of lingering sugars. The crispy texture also acts as a natural tooth buffer to polish teeth.
What to Avoid
Some foods may seem all right in moderation but aren’t so great for your smile.
Candy, especially the ooey, gooey, chewy kind.
Sticky dried fruits
Tart citrus fruit
Try limiting the amount of these foods in your child’s diet. Those high in sugar fuel bacteria and increase the chance for decay while the acidic foods damage enamel and weaken teeth.
In addition to having a diet packed with smile-friendly foods, regular visits to our Reynoldsburg pediatric dental office can not only help keep your child’s smile healthy, but they can also help keep her whole body healthy too.
As always, our dedication to keeping our patients safe remains our top priority. To help us do that, please be aware of some of the following changes you may see at your next appointment:
We'll be utilizing a virtual waiting room. Please wait in your car until a team member notifies you to head inside.
We will be doing a health screening and taking the temperatures of anyone that enters the building.
We ask that only one guardian accompany a child and to not bring siblings who don't have appointments. Patients over 18 will come in on their own.
Please use the provided hand sanitizer when you come into the office.
Everyone in the building will be asked to wear a mask.
We have staggered appointment times to reduce the number of people in the building at any given time.
Sneeze guards have been installed at the front desk.
We have Air Purification with True H13 HEPA filtration, use UV sterilization for dental equipment, and high-speed suction devices in hygiene to reduce aerosols.
Please let your child know that our team will be wearing extra PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
Our office has always maintained infection protocols that meet and exceed minimal recommendations, and we will continue to do so. In fact, our standard of care is now being adopted as the industry gold-standard in reducing aerosols.