Healthy Food and Drink Choices for Teeth: More from a Dentist for Kids

June 01, 2017
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Healthy Food and Drink Choices for Teeth: More from a Dentist for Kids

May 1, 2017

With regular appointments, children can improve their oral health, but making good choices at home is also necessary and we can make suggestions as a dentist for kids. We encourage parents to talk about food choices because of how impactful they are to a child's overall and oral health. Keep in mind that all food and drink passes through the teeth before moving toward the rest of the body. Thus, teeth and gums are more susceptible to damage from the actual food item.'

While most parents try to help their children make healthy choices, few are aware of the dangers of certain foods. This makes the conversation an important one to have.

Speak with a dentist for kids

We encourage parents to schedule an appointment with our office to begin discussing how children can make better choices throughout the day and throughout their lifetime. Some parents keep a food journal, that allows us to review individual food and drink choices and comment on whether they are neutral, good or dangerous for teeth.

Good choices matter

Teeth can actually be strengthened when good choices are made. Some foods and drinks to include in a child's diet are:

  • Milk
  • No-sugar-added yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Lean protein like chicken and fish
  • Crunchy vegetables
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Water

A diet full of these options can improve a child's overall health while also strengthening the teeth and encouraging remineralization.

Avoid these foods

On the other hand, there are certain foods and drinks that are terrible for the teeth and likely to cause the enamel to wear down. There is only a limited amount of enamel on the teeth and, as it erodes, it is difficult for the teeth to become strong again. This makes avoidance the number one priority.

Consider the fact that if the enamel begins to erode, a child's teeth will become sensitive, susceptible to decay and more likely to break. These are the oral health risks associated with a poor diet. With that in mind, we encourage parents to avoid giving their children the following:

Soda of any kind

Even diet soda is bad for teeth because it is high in acid and can erode the enamel.

Sour candy

All candy is bad but sour candy is the worst since it is also acidic.


If a cereal is high in sugar or high fructose corn syrup, it is bad for the teeth and body.

Acidic fruits

Lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit are highly acidic and should be eaten in limited quantities with the mouth rinsed immediately afterward.

Processed carbohydrates

Things like crackers, chips and white bread should only be eaten in moderation.

Schedule an appointment

Learn more about healthy food and drink choices by calling our office and speaking with a dentist for kids. We can make detailed suggestions about how to improve your child's diet while also looking at the food items they are currently consuming to inform you of anything that appears healthy that may actually be putting their teeth in danger.