Higher cafeteria standards can help improve your children’s dental hygiene.

The new school year is here, and you might have noticed that the cafeteria has some healthier options.  Because of the Health, Hunger-Free Kids Act, cafeterias in schools must now serve more fruit, vegetables, and whole grain items.  It has also set calorie limits in the food they serve, as well as sodium reduction.  This is good news, especially for your children’s mouth.  The ADA’s new website, MouthHealthy.org, states “The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too. If you consume too many sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious snacks, you could be at risk for tooth decay. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, but the good news is that it is entirely preventable.”  With these new regulations in place, it will make maintaining a healthy smile easier for you and your children.