March Is National Nutrition Month
WILMETTE, ILLINOIS – March is National Nutrition Month. Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this year’s slogan is “Get Your Plate in Shape.”
The food that you choose for your children not only affects their bodies, it can also affect their teeth. Many dental professionals are concerned with the levels of sugar their patients consume.
“Sugar-filled sodas, fruit drinks and junk food can take a toll on your child’s teeth,” says Dr. Michael Stosich, a Wilmette orthodontics provider. “Children need a well-balanced diet for healthy teeth.”
Food choices among children and teenagers are important factors that affect how quickly decay develops. When plaque comes into contact with sugar, acid is produced. The acid can attack the teeth for at least 20 minutes. This can lead to tooth decay, according to the American Dental Association website.
Sugar shouldn’t be removed from your children’s diet altogether. A majority of foods, including milk and vegetables, contain some form of sugar. To control your children’s consumption of sugar, look for low sugar options. Stay clear of “added sugar,” which typically is found in sodas, candy, cookies and pastries.
Nutrition is especially important if you have a child undergoing orthodontic treatment. Braces and wires can provide hiding spots for bacteria and food, leading to cavities. A healthy diet and a good oral hygiene regime may help combat this problem.
“Oral hygiene is also important to your child’s oral health,” says Dr. Stosich, a provider of orthodontics for adults and children. “A proper regime can help prevent decay.”
Invisalign expert Dr. Stosich explains some tips that can help your child’s oral health.
- Maintain a well-balanced diet
- Drink plenty of water
- Limit snacks
- Brush twice daily
- Floss at night
- Get regular check-ups at your family dentist
- Record the foods you give your child and compare them to the food pyramid recommendations.
According to the Wilmette orthodontics provider, to get a balanced diet, your child should eat a variety of foods such as grains, fruits vegetables, meat and dairy. Limit the junk and your child is on his/her way to a healthy lifestyle.