General Diet & Pediatric Dental Care
Encourage a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in sugar. When bacteria, which is normally found in the mouth, comes in contact with sugars and starches, they produce an acid that is capable of dissolving the enamel on the teeth and starting decay. Foods that help keep teeth clean and healthy includes fruites and vegitables, proteins such as chicken, turkey, and white fish and calcium-rich products such as yogurt, skim milk and cheese.
SOME FOODS MAKE TEETH MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO CAVITIES AND SHOULD BE LIMITED OR AVOIDED, IF POSSIBLE.
Sugary drinks and even regular milk, especially chocolate milk, contains large amount of sugar and should be consumed moderately.
Chewy or sticky foods like hard or gummy candies, caramel, and chewy granola can stick to teeth, and if frequently eaten whithout brushing can cause cavities.
Desserts such as cookies, cakes, icecream, and other sweets should be eaten in moderation. If possible, give sweet treats directly after a meal instead of as a snack, since more slaiva is present in the mouth after a meal which can help clear away the sugar particles. Brushing your teeth after eating sweets is teh best way to ensure that the sugar does not remain on teeth and cause cavities.
Acidic foods and drinks such as citrus fruites and tomatoes can wear away tooth enamel if consumed too frequently. Consuming acidic foods and drinks should be with other foods as part of a meal to minmize the acid and protect the teeth.