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Your child’s oral health is strongly connected to their diet, with some foods that can boost dental health and other foods that may weaken their teeth and gums. To help you protect your child’s oral health, our team offers the scoop on which foods to love and avoid.

Foods and drinks that are full of sugar can produce a harmful oral acid that can cause damage to your child’s teeth, resulting in cavities and even gum disease. Similarly, starchy foods can be risky because they easily stick to the teeth and lengthen your child’s exposure to tooth decay. Eating a lot of acidic foods can weaken the tooth enamel and cause it to break down. With the high volume of unhealthy sweets and snacks for children, it can be hard to avoid these substances. That’s why we encourage your child to brush and floss every day and have dental checkups with the dentist about every six months.

Our team at North Texas Smiles encourages you to make sure your child eats lots of healthy foods that are good for teeth, such as vegetables, fruit, whole grain water and sources of lean protein like fish. Foods with protein are full of a tooth-nourishing food called phosphate. Fluoride can be found in trace amounts in some fruits, which is very good for the tooth enamel. Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt are great sources of calcium keep teeth very strong.

If you have questions about foods to improve your child’s oral health in Fort Worth, Texas, or need to schedule their dental checkup, you are welcome to call our office today at 817-732-9341 to set up an appointment with our pediatric dentists, Dr. Stroke and Dr. Warcup.