When you are on the go and running your family between school, extracurricular activities, and other events, it can be hard to eat well. But did you know that healthy eating directly impacts your oral health?
What to Eat
A balanced, nutritious diet that is low in sugar helps keep teeth healthy and prevents cavities and tooth decay. Meals and snacks that are high in fruits and vegetables, along with drinking lots of water, help keep your mouth free of the bacteria that eat away at healthy tooth enamel and gums. If bad bacteria grow in your mouth, it can spread germs and viruses to the rest of the body and cause you to get sick. Poor oral health has also been linked to more serious health issues such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Why Good Habits Matter
Healthy eating and dental routines are a lifelong endeavor, so teach your kids how to set themselves up for better overall health throughout their lives with good habits now. Brushing twice and flossing daily help get rid of bad bacteria and plaque build-up on teeth. This daily routine will also help prevent tooth decay, which is a common, but highly preventable childhood disease.
Healthy Snack Options for Busy Lives
Keep snacks low in sugar and high in crunchy vegetables and fruits. Your teeth will thank you for it!
- Carrot sticks and hummus
- Turkey and avocado roll-up
- Fruit smoothie
- Sliced pears and cheese
- Trail mix with nuts and dried fruit
- Celery with peanut butter and raisins
- Hard boiled eggs
- Banana oatmeal cookies (psst, use bananas instead of sugar for the sweetness!)
- Baked sweet potato fries
- Whole-grain crackers and nut butter
- Bell peppers and guacamole
Resources: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Healthline, Mayo Clinic