Pack a healthy school lunch for healthy teeth

Did you know that the food you put into your mouth and in your child’s mouth can have an impact on their teeth? It is that time of the year, where children go off to school, and eat their lunches at school, do you let your children eat what the school has to offer or do you pack their lunch? The food that you send with your child for lunch is usually healthier, however, some foods contain carbohydrates and sugars that can cause plaque and tartar to form on your child’s teeth. No matter what age you are, it is important to make sure your oral health is protected.

Planning the right food

There are all types of food that may seem healthy but, in reality, some aren’t. Take canned fruit for example. We all know fruit is healthy, but canned products often contain extra sugar or syrup, which can cause tooth decay. Once teeth start to decay, your child will need dental fillings. As a general dentist, I can fill your child’s cavities, but it’s much better to prevent tooth decay than reverse it.

Have your child join the no-cavity club

When planning out meal for your family, try to stay away from processed foods and focus on using simple, whole foods. A quick, simple breakfast of shredded wheat with a cut up banana does not contain sugar and will not harm your teeth. When making lunch, read the labels before you prepare. You can never go wrong with a lunch of natural peanut butter on wheat bread and a snack of cheese and crackers. With today’s busy lifestyles, dinner can be a challenge.  Try a simple supper of salad, barbecued meat or fish and wheat bread or rolls instead of processed foods. It’s so much better for you, and you’ll save money as well. Another way to make healthy eating easy is to involve the whole family on the weekend cooking up a variety of dishes that can be frozen and eaten later on in the week. Kidshealth.org has some great tips on nutrition and how to involve your child in meal preparation along with a host of simple, healthy recipes.

Look after your health from the top down

Here at Topdown Dental in San Jose/Los Gatos, we know that if you keep your teeth and gums healthy, that good health will trickle down to benefit the rest of your body.

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