Is Your Child’s Diet Tooth Friendly?

childrens dentist Tarrant CountyWith the immediate availability of prepared foods and snacks, it may have become more difficult to monitor what your child consumes. But it is critically important to their overall and dental health to watch what they eat and drink, make sure they are brushing and flossing every day and visiting your children’s dentist every six months for cleaning and checkup.

Many foods and drinks are labeled as “healthy” but unless you read food labels it is difficult to know. Getting back to basics by offering fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy like yogurt or cheese snacks, whole grains and nuts (of course, be aware of allergies), and plenty of water to stay hydrated are the optimum alternatives to prepackaged snacks and drinks.

A healthy, tooth-friendly diet will include calcium enriched foods like milk, cheese, yogurt, and lean protein. Your body needs calcium, so if you aren’t getting it through your diet, your teeth become the available source for the body to steal what it needs. Lack of calcium in your teeth can lead to dental decay and even gum disease.

Vitamins are essential to maintain healthy teeth and gums … fruits and vegetables are a great source of vitamins. Crunchy fruits and vegetables have the added bonus of actually scrubbing teeth to help reduce plaque build-up.

Water is best for quenching thirst and keeping the body hydrated; although bottled water lacks fluoride provided by tap water, it is still a better choice than sugary drinks, juices, or soda. You can add flavor to water by infusing it with fruit or one of the many sugar free flavored drink mixes available.

The list of foods to avoid is very extensive … sugary snacks like candy, cookies, or ice cream should be saved for special occasions and not consumed on a daily basis. The same goes for soda, which is unhealthy due to its sugar and acidic content. Many prepared foods that are not that high in sugar content should still be limited as the carbohydrates in them will cling to the bacteria already present in your mouth and allow harmful plaque to build on teeth.

Pediatric dentistry teaches the value the daily brushing and flossing which you can reinforce. Provide a tooth friendly diet and make sure your family sees the dentist every six months for cleaning and dental exam.

For more teeth tips, contact our team today!

Preventing Dental Injuries on the Field and on the Court

pediatric dentist Tarrant CountyPlaying sports indoors or out can be enjoyed by people of all ages, but accidents can happen. Whether you play a contact sport or engage in an activity where you might incur damage to your face or mouth, you need to be proactive to protect your dentition. Your pediatric dentist sees many injuries to children that might have been prevented with a consultation prior to their activity.

One of the foremost protective devices available is a mouth guard. But it is important to find a protective guard that fits correctly, provides adequate protection, and is comfortable. After all, if it doesn’t feel right, your child will find ways not to wear it. Your pediatric dentist is experienced in working with children to maximize the protection for their teeth and mouth.

If you think you are saving money by purchasing a one size fits all mouth guard at a sporting goods store or local pharmacy, you may be wasting time and money. Over the counter mouth guards offer limited protection primarily because they do not provide a customized fit.

With the availability of organized sports for both boys and girls of all ages, many coaches and organizations are aware of the need for protection. While helmets, pads, or masks may be mandatory for some sports, there are dangers in many activities where there are no mandated protections. Your pediatric dentist will educate parents, but it is up to the caregivers to inquire about oral protection and injury prevention.

A mouth guard works by absorbing the shock of a contact … it provides protection for teeth, gums, tongue, and soft oral tissues. But it also works to cushion blows that can result in jawbone fractures, neck injuries, and even concussions.

And it’s not just the immediate injury that can impact you or your child. Long term ramifications such as a tooth that has been knocked out can result in costly and time consuming restorative work. Other injuries can mean pain or discomfort that last indefinitely. When you compare these results to the minimal time and effort needed to obtain a customized mouth protector, it just makes good sense to invest in the optimum protection available.

Your family or pediatric dentist can provide that extra protection to prevent dental injuries for all the sports participants in your family.

Contact our team at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry today!