Whether your kids are learning from school or home this year, they need to be eating a healthy lunch to help them learn! Some foods are not only good for your child’s overall health but for his or her teeth as well. Below are a few mouth-healthy school lunch ideas.
Apples – Apples clean your teeth while you eat them! Biting into the fibrous texture of an apple will scrub your gums and teeth, fight plaque buildup, and keep teeth clean.
Yogurt – Yogurt is high in calcium and casein. Casein is a protein known for strengthening tooth enamel and preventing dental cavities. Yogurt also contains lots of good bacteria, which will help fight cavity-causing bacteria. Include Greek yogurt with some fresh fruit or granola in your child’s lunch.
Cheese – Like yogurt, cheese contains plenty of calcium and casein! Cheese is healthy for your child’s teeth and bones. Both string cheese and sliced cheese are perfect school lunch additions.
Carrots – Carrots are high in fiber, and vitamin A. Carrots also help to stimulate saliva production, helping to wash away harmful bacteria and food debris. A baggie of carrots in his or her lunch will improve your child’s dental and overall health!
Water – Remind your kids to stay hydrated and rinse their mouths with water after each meal to help wash away leftover food debris and plaque.
From all of us at Little Smiles of Delaware, we want to wish our little patients a happy and healthy school year! To make a back-to-school dental checkup for your kids, please contact our Columbus, Ohio, children’s dental office today!