Your baby’s oral health care starts when you get pregnant. It is important that you eat right food during pregnancy, so you can provide your baby’s teeth with a good start. Especially it is important that you consume enough calcium, as it is crucial nutrient to form strong teeth as well as bones. You also need to take enough vitamin D, as your body needs it to absorb calcium.
Substantial amount of calcium is essential for strong teeth and healthy gums. Eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables, low fat dairy products, fortified soy milk or rice milk, almonds, canned sardines or salmon (include bones), which are all great sources of calcium.
In order to absorb the calcium, your body requires vitamin D. Foods rich in Vitamin D are fluid milk, fortified rice milk and soy milk, margarine, oily fish such as sardine and salmon, you also need reasonable exposure to the sun.
The key element is fluoride. Generally speaking, if the children are given fluoride in the early stage of their lives, teeth cavities can be prevented. Fluoridated water is supplied in many municipalities, and you can take fluoride by consuming drinks made with fluoridated water. Lots of brands of dental products such as toothpaste and mouth wash also contain fluoride. If drinking water is not fluoride in your area, you can give fluoride supplements to your children. Make sure to check whether the water supply in your area is fluoridated, as excess fluoride consumption can cause harm to the teeth.
Other essential nutrients are magnesium, phosphorus, beta carotene and vitamin A. Together with fluoride and calcium, minerals are required to form the tooth enamel. Those minerals are phosphorus (good sources are meat, eggs and fish) and magnesium (good sources are whole grains, bananas and spinach). Vitamin A is important to build strong teeth and bones. Your body turns beta carotene into vitamin A, and foods like orange colored vegetables and fruits and green leafy vegetables are rich in beta carotene.
Young children are especially vulnerable to tooth decay, so parents need to:
1. Provide good foods and establish a healthy dietary habit throughout childhood.
2. Brush your children’s teeth until they become good enough to do it thoroughly by themselves, generally by the age of six or seven.
3. Even after they can brush their teeth by their own, still supervise their brushing and flossing twice a day.
4. Never let your babies or toddlers take a bottle with them in bed, regardless it is milk, sweet drink or juice in the bottle.
5. Never put pacifiers in syrup or honey.
Some foods can help protect from teeth cavities. For example, if you eat aged cheeses at the end of the meal, it helps prevent cavities. If you chew sugarless gum, it stimulates the flow of saliva, and flushes out food remains as well as decreases acid in your mouth. It is important to rinse your mouth and brush your teeth after each meal to prevent cavities. Below are some tips:
Consume Lots Of
1. Foods rich in calcium such as low-fat yogurt, milk, and cheese.
2. Fresh vegetables and fruits for vitamin C and A, chew them well to develop healthy gums.
3. Tea. It is an excellent source of fluoride.
1. Sticky foods such as dried fruits as they stick between the teeth.
1. Sugary snacks and drinks.
2. Constant consumption of acidic drinks for long periods of time.