Children need a nutritious lunchtime meal to ensure they have the energy to concentrate and learn and to enjoy their school day. Equally importantly, you want to ensure these snacks won’t harm their dental health. Choosing the right types of foods can make all the difference to their dental and overall health, and tooth-friendly snacks don’t need to break the bank. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right snacks.
Pick Bacteria Fighting Foods
These foods include crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots and celery that are more fibrous, requiring more chewing. This stimulates saliva, helping to fight bacteria in your child’s mouth. Cheese is another good choice because it also stimulates saliva production and is full of calcium.
Choose Foods Rich in Vitamins C
Vitamin C is essential for good gum health, and it helps to boost the immune system and overall health. Good sources of vitamin C include red pepper and citrus fruits like a sweet juicy orange.
Juice is full of sugar so give juice boxes a miss and instead pack milk or a small bottle of water. Milk is full of calcium which is essential for healthy teeth and bones. Plain water is excellent for hydration and for rinsing away food debris.