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There is a very true popular phrase that says: 'we are what we eat'. We could also apply this saying to the health of our teeth. And it is that there are foods that are cariogenic, that is, that favor the formation of cavities in children's teeth.
Substituting cariogenic foods for others less rich in starch and refined sugars can help us fight tooth decay and plaque build-up. What foods are ideal for taking care of children's teething?
Foods that can help us fight tooth decay in children:
- Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables: Foods that contain fiber increase salivation, which is a natural defense against cavities due to its mechanical action of dragging food debris and its chemical action to neutralize the acids that attack teeth. Fresh fruits and vegetables, such as pear, carrot, apple, and celery, not only help stimulate the flow of saliva, but they also help remove plaque from your teeth and freshen your breath.
- Legumes or vegetables like zucchini they are rich in phosphorus which, together with calcium, constitutes the structure of teeth and bones.
- Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, and other dairy products- Calcium, phosphates, and vitamin D from cheese, milk, and other dairy products are important minerals for the health of your teeth. Especially at the time of tooth formation it is important that the child's diet contains a sufficient amount of calcium.
- Sugar-free gumChewing sugar-free gum after meals causes increased saliva production. In addition, the action of xylitol in inhibiting the development of Streptococcus mutans, which causes tooth decay, is being studied. In any case, in children, be careful with excessive consumption of artificial sweeteners and consult your pediatrician beforehand.
- Fluoride water: Drinking water with fluoride, or any product that you make with fluoridated water, helps your teeth. Bottled drinking water may not contain as much fluoride as tap water, so if this is your main source of water, be sure to use fluoride toothpaste and ask your dentist about fluoride supplements for children. Fluoride is also present in lesser amounts in other foods of plant origin such as tomatoes, potatoes, beans, lentils, cherries, sardines or mackerel.
A healthy diet is a very important factor both for the general health of the child and that of their teeth, but it is also essential for avoid the formation and development of cavities, carry out correct oral hygiene from childhood. Especially if the tendency to cavities is high or the consumption of cariogenic foods is high.
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