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 in 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.
If you’re interested in learning more about what you can do to help your child get the nutrients they need, and what these nutrients can do for your child’s teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Halliday, DMD & Tom Halliday, DDS at 707-996-6704. Dr. Lisa Halliday and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have.