Children’s diets can have a large effect on their oral health.

Certain foods and drinks are known to help promote better oral health, while others can deteriorate their oral health.  Some things to consider when deciding what to give your children are that teeth are actually bone, so they need lots of calcium to grow strong.  Calcium is found in many foods including dairy products, spinach, and beans.  Kids should also eat diets rich in Iron and Vitamin C.  Iron prevents inflammation of the tongue and helps prevent mouth sores.  Iron rich foods include red meat and beans.  Vitamin C helps to heal cuts and wounds, including bleeding gum tissue.  Vitamin C can be found in most fruits and vegetables, but especially oranges, sweet potatoes, strawberries, and kiwis.

Kids should avoid foods that are heavy in sugar, carbohydrates, and carbonated drinks.  These foods will promote the wearing of tooth enamel as well as tooth decay.