DIET & HEALTHY TEETH

Primary or “Baby” Teeth are very important

1. Drink plenty of water each day. Water helps in cleansing sugar and other food particles that cause the mouth's acidity level to rise which is      harmful to the teeth. Frequent sips of water also prevents your mouth from drying out which causes bad breath.

2. Avoid eating from time to time. Eating at quick intervals makes your teeth overexposed to acid. Observe proper meal times and snacks in      between should not consist of junk foods. Dentists also recommend brushing after every meal to prevent the build up of cavity-causing      bacteria.



3. Calcium makes the teeth strong, be sure you get plenty of it from the food that you eat. Low fat milk, cheese, and yogurt are rich sources of      calcium.

4. Avoid or reduce consumption of artificially sweetened snacks and drinks such as soda ( See sugar content in soda). Sugar is the main      agent of tooth decay and cutting back on it is a big step towards healthier teeth



5. Fruits and vegetables can be served in between meals as a healthy alternative to junk food. This is good especially with children, serving      them fruits and vegetables as snacks will develop their liking towards these kinds of food as they grow.

6. Prevent starchy foods such as potato chips are bad for your teeth as well. These are sources of complex carbohydrates that stick to your      teeth and become breeding grounds of tooth-decaying agents.

For parents, it is essential that you start training your children on good eating habits at a young age. You can do so by becoming a good example and role model for them. By making sure that the meals and snacks you prepare offers the right nutrition they need, problems in dental and general health can easily be prevented.