It’s time for the kids to head back to school. Along with their new tennis shoes, backpacks, pencils, crayons, tissue boxes, and dry-erase markers, we have to remember one more thing – their nutritional needs! A healthy, sustainable meal is vital for growing minds to absorb the information they need to get through a school day. A well-thought out lunch may even play a difference in their behavior and report card at the end of the quarter.
Packing a teeth-friendly lunch for your child doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. With a little planning, some information, and some inspiration, it may end up saving you time, money and worry. As a family dentistry, we treat all ages – so, we’re committed to providing our patients with the information they need to lead a healthy life. We’ve compiled a few ideas for a teeth-friendly lunch:
Vegetables like green peppers, cucumbers, carrots, celery, lettuce and broccoli are some of the best snacks for your teeth. The water content in vegetables helps rehydrate our bodies, dilutes natural sugars on our teeth, and helps with washing the food particles that are left behind when we’re eating.
Who doesn’t like cheese? Cheese is high in calcium and phosphorus, the two minerals that help create strong enamel. Additionally, it helps in fighting cavities because it increases the amount of saliva produced in your mouth.
● Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a great source of healthy fats, fiber, folic acid and vitamin D. Additionally, they’re a great, healthy protein source for kids and adults. The folic acid found in these seeds and nuts help to protect gum tissues.
When packing fruit, be sure to pack fruit that is high in fiber. Apples, strawberries and bananas are cost-friendly, high in fiber, and could substitute as a healthy dessert. These fruits act as a natural toothbrush when chewing, as it helps clean your teeth. If your kids aren’t interested in fruit, try making a yogurt!
While it’s super easy to pack a juice, they’re usually super high in sugar. Drinking water is essential for growth! It helps produce more saliva in your mouth, meaning it results in protecting your teeth by building a stronger enamel.
We hope that this guide helps you when navigating the aisles on your next grocery run. Using these foods helps promote a healthy lifestyle, while creating strong, healthy teeth in your student’s daily life. What does a typical teeth-friendly lunch look like? A sandwich with nuts, veggies, fruits and water, of course! If you have any questions about your new student’s teeth health, be sure to contact us. We’re committed to healthy teeth – from childhood to adulthood.