The summer months are great for parents and kids alike! However as parents, you are faced with the task of carefully planning your meals so that your kids eat healthy foods. Without a plan, meals and snack time can become a challenge in getting all the healthy foods into your child’s diet… In addition to making sure your kids eat healthy foods, you should also take them to a good dentist, such as Dr. Halina Montano, for regular dental checkups to ensure that their teeth and gums remain healthy. The dentist will even recommend foods that are good for your child’s teeth. Below is a list of some of the best summer snacks that will help keep your child’s teeth healthy:
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the healthiest snacks that are both delicious and refreshing, especially during the summer season. Fruits and vegetables like broccoli, carrots, melons, celery pears, oranges, berries, pineapples etc. are packed with flavor and nutrients you children need for their growing bodies. Apples, celery and pears are also good for cleansing your child’s mouth.
Teddy Bear Toast
Instead of the over processed snacks, you can make teddy bear toast for your child. All you need is whole grain bread, peanut butter, bananas and blueberries. The whole grain bread has many vitamins and is full of fiber & minerals, which are good for healthy gums & teeth. Peanut butter has phosphorous and calcium which help in fighting tooth decay. Bananas and blueberries are refreshing, nourishing and give an extra zing to regular peanut butter toast! This snack is not only delicious, but it also has all the healthy nutrients that are great for your child’s health!
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts & seeds are rich in nutrients and, at the same time, they are low in sugar. They also contain healthy fats. However, you should control the portion sizes for your kids so that they do not eat too much at once. Sunflower seeds, peanuts or even toasted pumpkin seeds are good for an afternoon snack after the long hours of playing. For your child to get maximum benefits, you should stick to the unsalted (or low salt) varieties.
Dairy Products Dairy Products
Dairy products (e.g. yoghurt, cheese) are a good snack for children. This is because they are rich sources of calcium that helps strengthen teeth and bones. There are some milk products that contain caseins -a type of protein that has been proven to help in repairing and stabilizing damaged tooth enamels. Combine a few slices of cheddar or string cheese with an apple for a snack your children will surely enjoy. Cheese cubes are a fun, tasty snack that you can get them from a local supermarket. Combine cheese cubes with crunchy veggies or fruits for a healthy treat.
Smoothie pops are great for your kids’ snacks, especially during summer. The best thing about this snack is that you can make them from your favorite fruits! Simply blend the fruits and then pour the liquid into a smoothie mold. Put the mold in the freezer, let them freeze, remove it and let your kids enjoy!
Popcorn, although sometimes classified as one of the junk foods, can keep your child’s teeth strong. It is very easy to make air-popped popcorn and kids enjoy making it themselves. Just add the required amount of popcorn to an air popper and plug it in! Make sure your child flosses their teeth afterwards to remove the pesky kennels that may get stuck on their teeth.
Although this is not a snack, you should make sure your kids drink a lot of water during the hot summer season to keep them hydrated. Water is great for cooling off during the hot summer months and also is helpful to rinse and remove harmful bacteria from your mouth. Water helps to rinse out acid & bacteria that would otherwise stick to your child’s teeth and cause decay. Plus if your child becomes accustomed to drinking lots of water, they won’t be tempted to drink a lot of sugary soda or sugary drinks that would sit on their teeth and promote tooth decay.
Your child’s health is top priority to a parent and that is why it is very important to ensure the things they eat and drink are healthy and nutritious. You don’t have to ban sweets completely, but it is important to monitor how much and how often they eat sugar and junk food and make sure they’re eating a healthy diet most of the time. Brushing and flossing are also very important for good oral health so make sure your child not only eats healthy but also develops the healthy habits of brushing and flossing at least twice a day!
Dr. Halina Montano would love to partner with you in keeping your children’s teeth healthy and strong! Call our office today at (561) 232-2070 and schedule your appointment!