Just like we need to teach our kids to build inner resilience, we have to help them learn what it takes to keep their bodies resilient and strong. Making sure the kiddos know they need to get enough sleep and are active every day to make those little bodies strong is key. How do we teach them to get those teeth to be strong and resilient? Brushing and flossing, of course, but also what they eat can help protect their teeth. Look over these reminders to see if your kiddos know what makes their pearly whites strong.
-- Calcium-rich foods is the best for teeth. Milk, cheese, yogurt are all great options. Also, leafy greens, like broccoli, beans, and nuts are all good sources of calcium.
-- Vitamin A and C are essential for healthy teeth. Fresh fruits and veggies are perfect choices, as not only do they provide the nutrients, they are good for chewing which gets saliva going that helps defend against tooth decay.
-- Get whole grains in their diets. Bran, whole-grain pasta, and brown rice provide B vitamins and iron that keep gums in top form.
-- Limit or avoid sweet drinks and snacks...that includes juice. If your kids eat sugary foods, but sure they brush after. Also, steer clear of sticky foods that may get stuck in between teeth.
What foods do you give your kids to keep their teeth healthy?