What You Should Know About Nutrition and Your Child’s Oral Health

November 18, 2016

As you know, your diet can have a huge impact on your overall health. But did you know that your diet can also impact your dental health? Furthermore, your child’s diet can have a major impact on their dental health. Naturally, foods like sugar and coffee can have an immediate impact, but the vitamins and minerals your child gets—or doesn’t get—can have a long-term impact.

For example, if your child has a vitamin B deficiency, they could get canker sores, bad breath, or experience a burning feeling in their mouth. A Vitamin C deficiency could lead to bleeding gums and infections. This also makes it harder to fight off infections. Finally, a vitamin D, calcium, or magnesium deficiency could all weaken your child’s teeth.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect your little one’s teeth. For instance, you can give your children enough vitamin B by including foods such as avocados, bananas, and eggs into their diet. You can give your child vitamin C through foods like dark vegetables, peppers, strawberries, and kiwis. Finally, vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium can be found in fatty fish and dairy.

Would you like to learn more about how you can help your child cope with the issues of vitamin deficiencies? Are you interested in learning more about the foods you can consider giving your child to make sure they have a well-balanced diet? Would you simply like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Harihar Kumar? If so, please don’t hesitate to give Toms River Smiles Dental a call at 732-244-1163. We’re eager to hear from you!