The Importance of a Healthy Diet

Foods and Oral Health

Certain foods can accelerate tooth decay, including acidic and sugary foods. Added sugars may be hidden in your foods, so always be sure to read food labels. While it is difficult to completely cut out sugar from one’s diet, there are many ways to reduce consumption. When it comes to your children, here are a few tips for keeping those smiles happy and healthy:

  • Instead of soda and sugary drinks, opt for water and milk. Some juice is okay. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following for juice:
    • Infants Younger than 6 Months: not recommended to give juice
    • Children Ages 1 to 6 Years: limit to 4 to 6 ounces a day
    • Children Ages 7 to 18 Years: limit to 8 to 12 ounces a day
  • Opt for fresh and healthy snacks, likes fruits, nuts and vegetables as much as possible. Healthy foods also promote good oral health.
  • Give your children options, but limit those options as much as possible to healthy foods.

For more information, you can visit the American Dental Association’s website.